LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps’ Zamfara State Command has detained three suspects for allegedly printing and spending fake naira and dollar notes.
Ikor Oche, spokesman for the command, identified the suspects as Kamalu Sani, Uzaifa Muazu, and Suleiman Yusuf.
According to Oche, the suspects were arrested following a complaint by a commercial tricycle operator, Umar Nasir, who was given a fake N1,000 note by one of the suspects.
He said, “On April 3, 2023, one Kamalu Sani aged 28, boarded a tricycle from Kasuwa at about 1pm.
“On reaching his destination, he gave the tricycle rider N1, 000 note which was discovered to be fake.
“The rider, Umar Nasir, raised the alarm which led to the arrest of the suspect, Kamalu Sani.”
Oche indicated that the operatives of the NSCDC were able to trace the supplier of the fake naira and dollar notes to Kotorkoshi town.
“One Muazu Abdulkarim who is said to be the prime suspect directed his son, Uzaifa Muazu, who has been in the illicit business with his father for the past three years to go and open a box that contained the fake currency notes for onward supplies to suspects,” he added.
The spokesman revealed that N60,000 and $2,600 fake notes were recovered from the suspects.
One of the suspects, Sani, confessed to journalists that for about a year, he has been using fake N1,000 notes for transactions within Tsafe and Gusau Local Government area of the state.
The suspect also revealed that he was introduced to the crime by one Ado Gurgu in Tsafe LGA, who took him to the main supplier at Kotorkoshi.
He explained that he used to pay N400 for every fake N1,000 note he collected from the prime suspect, Abdulkarim.