By Jibril Almustapha
The Zamfara state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) under the directives of the state Commandant, Muhammad Bello Muazu, has arrested 3 persons in possession of fake U.S Dollar notes and fake newly redesigned 1000 naira notes worth about 2 million naira in the state.
Parading the suspects today (Wednesday) at the NSCDC headquarters in Gusau, the state capital, Commandant Muazu through the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SC Ikor Oche revealed that “one Kamalu Sani 28-year from Yar-yara area of Tsafe Local Government Area and Suleiman Yusuf 29-year old of Bakin Tasha of Tsafe Local Government Area were arrested in Gusau on the 3rd April 2023 while trying to pay for transport fare to a tricycle (Keke Napep) operator with the fake 1000 naira note.
“The Keke Napep operator was smartly able to identify the fake note and raised an alarm which led to the arrest of the culprits.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that Kamalu Sani has indulged in this business for the period of one year. He confessed to have been introduced to the illicit act by one Ado Gurugu of Tsafe Local Government Area who took him to one Muazu Abdulkarim of Kwartarkwarshi district of Bungudu Local Government Area.
“Kamalu Sani, who on his arrest was found in possession of the sum of 17,000 naira of fake currency, confessed that Muazu Abdulkarim is the one who supplies the fake currency and that each 1000 fake naira note is exchanged for 400 original notes.
“The operatives of the Corps traced the supplier of this fake currency to Kwartarkwarshi village where the prime suspect, Muazu Abdulkarim who is at large, directed his 18-year old son, Uzaifa Muazu, who has been in the illicit trade with the father to open a box that contains fake currencies both in Naira and U.S Dollars for onward supplies to the suspects.
“The sum of Sixty Thousand Naira of fake currency was found alongside Two Thousand Six hundred fake U.S dollars of Dollars (N1,924,000) were found in the box.
“Uzaifa Muazu who is the son to the prime suspect Muazu Abdulkarim confessed that, Muazu Abdulkarim has been in this illicit act for more than three years and that he gets the fake monies from Kano in company of one Ado Gurugu.”
He said that the Corps has put its search light on these criminals and the Corps shall clampdown on them heavily.
Furthermore, the Commandant stressed that, upon the proper completion of the investigations, the Corps will hand over the suspects to the appropriate authorities for prosecutions.
Commandant Muazu however advised the general public to be wary of this mischievous set of people.