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POS operator arrested for transacting business for bandits in Zamfara

 

The Zamfara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), said its operatives have arrested one Mustapha, a POS operator for allegedly making financial transactions on behalf of bandits


The state commandant, Muhammad Bello Muazu, in a statement on Monday, said the culprit was arrested while making the said transaction in Birnin Tsaba community in Zurmi LGA of the state.


He said the operatives recovered two POS machines, adding that the suspect had confessed that the machines were bought for him by a bandits’ leader.


He explained that the suspect confessed that he is only using the POS machine to transact business on behalf of his client bandits


“During interrogation, the suspect told us that they put calls to him from the forest and instruct him to collect money on their behalf and keep the money with him.” He said


According to him, if bandits want to buy drugs, fuel or foodstuff, they send somebody directly to the suspect to collect the money to buy whatever they want for them.


“From our observation, this will affect the way the bandits are using rural POS operators to make transactions. The rural POS operators are closer to the armed criminals,” he explained

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