The officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) have reportedly arrested a Nigerian passenger with raw cash of over N3 billion at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide on Social Media Mrs Lauretta Onochie made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Nigeria Customs has Intercepted $8.6m (N3.09Bn) being moved by a passenger at d Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
$8.6 million CASH!
— Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) February 4, 2020
The identity of the suspect was yet to be made public at the time of this report while security operatives were yet to speak about the arrest at the time of this report.BREAKING: Nigerian passenger with N3 Billion Cash arrested by CustomsClick To Tweet
It was also gathered that an official of the airport was also arrested along with the suspect. The airport staff was trying to assist in moving the money.
The Controller General of NSC Hameed Ali who spoke to the press said that the cash was intercepted in a car while it was about to be loaded into an aircraft.
He did not provide details of the aircraft but added that the money was stashed inside a vehicle belonging to the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO).
Ali said a suspect, the driver of the vehicle and a staff of NAHCO, has been arrested in connection with the alleged money laundering.
“From the day we seized this money, no bank has come to claim ownership. But our investigation will reveal the mystery behind the owners,” Alli said.
Update coming soon…