THE Zamfara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested three persons with fake United States (US) dollar notes worth about N2 million.
Parading the suspects on Wednesday, April 5, the Command’s public relations officer, Ikor Uche, said they were arrested for being involved in printing, minting and circulating fake naira and US dollar notes.
The suspects, Kamallu Sani, 28, from the Yaryara, and Sulieman Yusuf, 29, from Baki Tasha, all in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara, were arrested in Gusau, the state capital on April 3 while trying to pay transport fare to a tricycle operator with a fake N1,000 note.
The tricycle operator was said to have been able to identify the fake currency and raised an alarm that led to the arrest of the suspects.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that Kamallu Sani has indulged in this business for the period of one year. He confessed to having been introduced to the illicit act by one Ado Gurugu of Tsafe Local Government Area who took him to one Muazu Abdulkarim of Kwartarkwarshi village who is said to be the supplier of the fake currency,” the NSCDC spokesperson explained.
The operatives of the Corps were said to have traced the supplier to Kwartarkwarshi village where the fake currency was found and the sum of N60,000 in fake currency was discovered alongside $2,600 fake US dollar notes.
The Commandant, Muhammad Muazu, said the Corps would continue to clamp down on currency counterfeiters without relenting and advised the general public to be wary of this ‘mischievous’ set of people.
He added that the suspects will be handed over to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.