Customs Seizes Monetary Consignment Worth Over $8 million Dollars.

Sandra Ukele

The Nigeria Customs Service Murtala Mohammed Airport Command has intercepted an illegal movement of foreign currency at the nation’s airport.

The consignment comprising 20 sealed wraps of American dollars amounted to Eight million, sixty five thousand, six hundred and twelve dollars only ($8,065,612).

The seizure was made at the 'E' wing of the  international airport tamac on 16th January 2020 based on credible information presented to the Service.

It is gathered that the vehicle of conveyance belonged to Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO) and driven by one of it’s staff, Mr. Chimezie Okonkwo.

The Comptroller General Customs (CG) Col. Hammid Ali (rtd) made the disclosure while briefing pressmen at the Customs Federal Operating Unit (FOU) Zone 'A' Ikeja.

When asked if any institution has stepped forward to claim ownership of the cargo, the CG confirmed that as at press time no single individual or organisation has claimed ownership but that the suspect remains in safe custody and would be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after preliminarily investigations are concluded.

Col. Hammid urged Nigerians to always make declaration of cash and other monetary instruments above the stipulated threshold of $10,000 (ten thousand dollars) to the Nigeria Customs Service and other related government institutions.

Pix1: Col. Hammid Ali showing off one of the cash bundles.
Pix2: The CG. Col. Hammid Ali showcasing more bundles.
Pix3: The CAC of Murtala Mohammed Airport Mr. Wale Adeniyi looking on at the displayed bundles of American dollars.


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