Operatives of the Department of Security Service in conjunction with officials of Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps have arrested 14 persons including a lady for alleged illegal sales of new Naira notes in Kano.
The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Adamu Zakari, disclosed this while parading the suspects at NSCDC State Headquarters in Kano on Tuesday evening.
He said the suspects were apprehended during a joint operation in the metropolis as part of effort to check the illegal act which contravenes the CBN Act
“The clampdown on the new Naira vendors and sellers is hinged on the CBN Act, Section 20 to counterfeit, hawk, sell or otherwise trade the Naira notes, coins or any other note issued by the bank,” he said.
“Investigations have already commenced to ascertain the source or otherwise of the Naira notes recovered from the suspects,” Zakari said.
He listed the suspects as: Alhaji Ubandi Hotoro, 82, Haruna Yahaya, 42, Rabiu Ibrahim, 34, Ismaila Mohammed Umar, 20 and Nura Aminu, 45, Nasiru Adamu, 40 and Nazef Lawal, 20.
The rest were Sulaiman Tijjani, 35, Mustapha Ismail Haruna, 47, Aminu Jibril, 23, Lawal Ibrahim, 40, Abubakar Jibril, 45, Abdullahi Hassan, 30 and Fatima Ibrahim, 30.
He said the NSCDC, DSS and CBN would continue to clamp down on perpetrators of the illegal act which is punishable offence under the CBN Act.
“For the avoidance of doubt act of spraying the Naira notes at occasions, soiling and writing on it, squeezing handling as well as counterfeit of the country currency note are abuse of the Naira are punishable by the law,” he said.
He said as soon as investigation into the matter was completed, the suspects would be arraigned.
In an interview with one of the suspects, Alhaji Ubandi Hotoro said nothing incriminating was found on him because he was at a place to settle a dispute between some of the suspects and security agents.