DSS arrest 14 over sale of new Naira notes in Kano


By Ismail Auwal

Officials of the Department of State Services (DSS), in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, have arrested 14 people, including a woman, in Kano for allegedly illegally selling new naira notes.

The NSCDC State Commandant, Adamu Zakari, while parading the suspect said they were apprehended during a joint operation in Kano as part of efforts to stop the illegal act that violated the CBN Act.

“The clamp down 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.

According to the Commandant Investigations have already commenced to ascertain the source or otherwise of the naira notes recovered from the suspects.

He identified the suspects as: Alhaji Ubandi Hotoro,82, Haruna Yahaya, 42, Rabiu Ibrahim, 34, Ismaila Umar, 20, and Nura Aminu, 45, Nasiru Adamu, 40 and Nazef Lawal, 20.

The rest were Sulaiman Tijjani, 35, Mustapha Haruna, 47, Aminu Jibril, 23, Lawal Ibrahim, 40, Abubakar Jibril, 45, Abdullahi Hassan, 30 and Fatima Ibrahim, 30.

He said the NSCDC, the DSS and the CBN would continue to the clamp down on the perpetrators of the illegal act which was a 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 notes are abuse of the naira and are punishable by the law,” he said.

He said as soon as investigation into the matter was completed, the suspects would be charged to court.

In an interview with one of the suspects, Alhaji Ubandi Hotoro, he 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.

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