Actress Simisola Gold arrested by ICPC for selling new naira notes


Nollywood actress, Omoseyin Oluwadarasimi Esther, popularly known as Simisola Gold has been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, for selling new naira notes.

According to reports, Simisola Gold, with Twitter handle @SimisolaofLala, had been arrested for selling new naira notes on social media.

In a statement signed by ICPC’s spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua in Abuja on Wednesday night, February 1st, 2023, it was contained that the arrest was as a result of intelligence received which led the ICPC operatives to seek out and promptly arrest the suspect.

According to the statement: “Oluwadarasimi Emma, a social media ‘serial entrepreneur’ who deals in skincare, sales of fuel, facilitation of foreign travels through visa acquisitions, and other businesses, seized the opportunity of the scarcity of the new naira notes to openly market the new notes. It is believed she is in collusion with key elements in the financial services sector diverting the newly released notes away from banking halls and payment channels into a ‘black market.’

She is currently in ICPC detention and is helping the Commission with its findings on the criminal trading of the naira and the attendant scarcity and negative economic outcomes being caused by the action. The action is in furtherance of the collaboration between CBN, ICPC and EFCC in implementing the new cashless policy and naira redesign.”