Family members of the 45 Bureau De Change (BDC) operators arrested in Kano State have demanded the immediate release of their relatives from detention.
Naija News reports that the aggrieved families made the demand on Thursday during a visit to the Emir of Kano, HRH Aminu Ado Bayero.
Recall that the BDC operators were arrested last year by security operatives for allegedly facilitating the transfer of money to Boko Haram terrorists.
Some of them were traders at the foreign exchange open market in Wapa, Fagge Local Government of Kano State.
Speaking before the monarch, the families lamented that the absence of their breadwinners had continued to take a negative toll on their families.
The families asked the Emir to interfere in the matter so that their sons, husbands and fathers can come back home to them or the government should arraign them before the court.
After a listening session, the emir directed a delegation of five among the about 50 women and a few boys to file a proper written complaint with the promise to extend intervention.
Speaking with Daily Trust after the meeting with the emir, Halima Jibrin Garo, a mother whose husband is among those arrested, lamented that since they were picked up by the security agents, there had been no sign of their whereabouts.
She said: “Our children have stopped going to school because of the financial crisis we are in. To feed is a problem. Those who are extending a helping hand are tired. Their own issues alone are enough.
“My husband left me with a month-old pregnancy, now I have delivered a four-month-old baby and his father is not even aware.
“Among us is a woman who also gave birth to twins and many of us who underwent operations.
“We are appealing to the government to please come to our aid. We are really suffering.
“We are here today to cry out to our father and leader, the emir of Kano, to please intervene and come to our aid. They should please look at the situation of the little children with us. Most of them have stopped going to school.”