15 November 2012

Nigeria: Robbers Cart Away N70 Million At Kano Bureau De Change

Kano — The sum of N70 million was stolen by a gang of armed robbers at Wapa Bureau de Change in Kano Tuesday, chairman of the Wapa foreign exchange market union, Alhaji Auwal Umar Magaji disclosed yesterday.

The chairman, who spoke to Daily Trust on phone, however said the amount could still rise as other victims were yet to come forward to state their loss.

Umar further disclosed that the monies were in dollars, naira and euro currencies. "Other victims are yet to come forward with the figures they lost, because they are still at home morning," he said.

According to him, apart from one individual who was shot dead, three other persons were injured by the robbers during the attack that lasted 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, the chairman also reacted to claim by the Kano State Police Command that 15 mobile police officers that were stationed at the market were removed because of complaints from his association.

"I read the claim in the papers and I want to say it is not true. What happened was that 15 who came from Port Hacourt to quell the security situation in the state were brought here and we were the ones paying for their three square meals daily.

"At a point we realized that they were blocking the roads because there was no place to house them, so we advised the commissioner to station them at nearby Fagge Division, which they initially did. But we found out later that the policemen were moved to Yola and they told us that they will be brought back," he said.

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