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Nigeria’s security agency arrests PoS operator aiding terrorists in Zamfara

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Zamfara State has arrested a Point of Sales (PoS) operator, simply identified as Mustapha, for allegedly being hired by bandits for financial transactions.

Mustapha was apprehended in Birnin Tsaba Community, Zurmi LGA, according to the Zamfara NSCDC Commandant, Muhammad Muazu.

He also stated that his team recovered two POS machines from the suspect during a stop-and-search operation.

“The suspect confessed that the machines were bought for him by a bandits’ leader and he is only transacting business with people he knows (the 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.

“Then if they want to buy some items such as drugs, fuel and foodstuffs they send somebody directly to him to collect the money to buy whatever they want for them. Or sometimes they instruct the POS operator himself to use the money available to buy whatever they want. The transactions are usually shrouded in secrecy and are done with only known persons as confessed by Mustapha.

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“This tells you that this person is particularly hired or sponsored to be doing the PoS transactions for them.

He also revealed that after learning of the arrest of their PoS operator, the bandits threatened to kill some abducted victims in their custody, including the village head and two party chairmen.

“When the bandits got the information about the arrest of the suspect (their agent) and seizure of the PoS machines, they threatened to kill three persons they had abducted from the community earlier if the PoS machines are not released to them or if in particular, the suspect is not freed.

“The people they threatened to kill are the village head of Birnin Tsaba and two party chairmen. The suspect had been operating two PoS machines and we have asked banks to close the suspect’s accounts.

“We have advised the state government to temporarily suspend the operations of the PoS, especially in rural communities.

“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.”

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