The Zamfara command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested three persons in connection with fake currency worth N2 million in the state.
On Wednesday at the NSCDC headquarters in Gusau, Commandant Muhammad Bello Muazu said the suspects were arrested in connection with printing and circulating fake Naira and US Dollar notes in the state.
The NSCDC State Commandant, who was represented by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Ikor Oche said the suspects, Kamallu Sani, a 28-year-old from the Yaryara area of the Tsafe Local Government and Sulieman Yusuf, a 29-year-old of Baki Tasha in the same area were arrested in Gusau on April 3, 2023, while trying to pay transport fare to a tricycle operator with a fake ₦1,000 note in the state.
A tricycle operator was said to have been able to identify the fake currency and raised the alarm, which led to the arrest of the culprits.
The NSCDC spokesperson said investigations revealed that Kamallu Sani, one of the suspects, has been in the business for a year. Sani was said to have confessed that he was introduced to the business by one Ado Gurgu of Tsafe LGA in the state.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Ikor Oche, explained that Kamallu had confessed that Abdulkarim is the one who supplies the fake currency and that each fake ₦1,000 note was exchanged for ₦400.
“The operatives of the NSCDC traced the supplier of the fake currency notes to Kwartarkwarshi village, a residential home town of the prime suspect Muazu Abdulkarim.’’
He revealed that the sum of 60,000 fake naira notes was found along with 1,600 fake US dollars (N1.924000) from the suspects.
Uzaifa Muazu, who is the son of 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 currency notes from Kano in the company of one Ado Gurugu.
The sum of ₦60,000 in fake currency was discovered alongside $2,600 of fake notes.
The NSCDC spokesperson said Muhammad Muazu, the commandment, said the corps would continue to clamp down heavily on currency counterfeiters. He maintained that all the suspects will be handed over to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.