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Forex: DSS invade markets in Awka, Onitsha

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The Department of State Service (DSS) in Anambra on Friday raided some markets in Awka and Onitsha in search of illegal foreign currency hawkers.

A trade at the Eke Market in Awka, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) under condition of anonymity, that some hawkers of foreign currencies were arrested.

He said that the DSS operatives also carted away huge sums of foreign currencies seized from the hawkers.

“We scampered for our lives when we saw them inside the market in the early hours of the day because no one knew their mission initially.

“They took over the market until later when we were able to find out their mission,’’ he said.

A senior official of the DSS, who confirmed the raid to NAN under condition of anonymity, said that they acted on directive.

He said that the exercise also took place in Onitsha, while other major markets in the state would also be raided.

“We are worried that some commercial banks’ officials were conniving with the hawkers in the markets to destabilise the government efforts to the sale the foreign currencies at cheaper rates.

“The economy is seriously affected by the actions of the illegal hawkers of foreign currencies.

“Our objective is to bring sanity in the system and let Nigerians procure the foreign currencies at government regulation,’’ he said.

He urged them to go and secure licence to legalise their business operations.



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  1. You people should keep enjoying it.they will soon give you urine to fools.all you know is how to do business and make noise every were with money.dont you know that money without power is useless?this can never be done in the western nigeria and northern nigeria.just only in the east this nonsense is happening.the army is every were on the road intimidating our old parents at home.when you get to were they are you must not make calls,and if you are on the bike what ever you are carrying you must off it and come down and push it with your hand before you can pass.some time they will stop you without any offenses to ask you to start cearing the bush or pack sand into as many sack as they wish you to.this too much.we are not at war but going through all sorts. Just to intimidate the eastern region.but it is unfortunates that the igbos have gone so cold that they have to live and get use to sufferings,marginalized,and intimidation.

  2. Obiora u lied even b4 now whn u reach a check point were Army are they u dnt mak call or recieved call they hav witness dt serevally includn dt of bike whn u reachd they u will com down n roll ur bike pass them b4 u start it n go, so we shld stop all dis fake news.

  3. Earn from the comfort of your home friends and relatives

  4. Since your people dont want peace in Nigeria, because they believe they have guns to fight Nigerian army, let them try, every body is in anger of economic crises now it will befall upon them

  5. Any man that is blind and confused must wander here and there in search of something to grasp and support himself. So, what Buhari’s government is doing is an act of either blindness of wickedness or even both.

  6. Some army check point in anambra state when you meet them from far away they will ask every body to come down from their car or bus raise up there two hands and start working untill when you see them no more including rev.father

  7. The wheel of Justice grinds slowly but perfectly.

  8. Up you DSS…keep it up! Where were these tribal & regional apologist when the same people were raided in Kano? Those concerned didn’t whip up sentiment in whatever guise, so why are you guys trying to read tribe & regional meaning into the laudable, commendable & timely action of the Security Agency?