Police Arrest 17 for Allegedly Operating Illegal Bureau de Change

May 8, 2024

The police have arrested 17 suspected forex hawkers for illegal operation of bureau de change in Wapa area of Fagge Local Government Area of Kano State state.

The Commissioner of Police, Usaini Gumel, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on Wednesday.

”The operation which was led by the Police Command was carried out in Wapa Bureau De Change, Fagge with combined personnel of the Department of Security Services(DSS).

”A total of twenty-nine people were arrested out of which 12 were cleared.

”We recovered 68,000 CFA, and 30 Rupees (Indian Currency) from them. All the suspects confessed to the offence and will be charged to court.

”This operation was carried our to flush out elements who operate illegally in order to destabilise the foreign exchange market in the country,” he said.

The commissioner commended the combined operatives for their commitment and cooperation in ensuring the success of the operation.

”The security measures put in place has sent the message that illegal financial activities will not be tolerated and that those engaging in such practices will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Gumel advised all individuals and business operators in the financial sector to operate within the confines of the law, obtain the necessary licences and always avoid unwholesome practices.

He thanked the people of the state for their support, cooperation and understanding, and urged them to continue to report any suspicious movement of person(s) or item(s) to the nearest security outfits for prompt action.