Nigeria Customs Service apprehends passenger with $1.9 million at Lagos Airport

Exterior view of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Nigeria's commercial capital LagosBy Chuks Okoh

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command of the Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS), Tuesday arrested a passenger with one million nine hundred and nine thousand , one hundred and forty Dollars ( $ 1,909,140), which he concealed in his luggage without declaring it to customs officials at the currency desk on arrival into the country .

His non- declaration of the exact amount he came into the country with is gross violation of extant regulations as it affects the movement of large sums of foreign currency into Nigeria.

Speaking in an interview, the public relations officer, of the Airport Command of Nigeria Customs Service, Mrs Thelma Williams identified the passenger as one Mr Ani Paulinus Onyeka, who came into the country aboard ASKY Airlines flight from Congo Democratic Republic .

She said the passenger did not declare the exact amount he concealed in his luggage, which was discovered after physical examination by customs personnel at the baggage hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The customs public relations officer said : ” During the inward clearance of ASKY flight No KP 041 from Congo Democratic Republic on February 9, 2014. About 12:30hrs; one Mr Ani Paulinus Onyeka with Nigeria Passport No A00923933, upon normal routine examination, his luggage was found to contain the sum one million, six hundred and twenty thousand US Dollars ($1,620,000USD) carefully concealed.

On physical counting of the money, it was discovered to be one million nine hundred and nine thousand, and forty USD ($1,909,140USD) as against one million, six hundred and twenty US Dollars ($1,620,000USD) earlier discovered when the passenger was
apprehended .

The passenger and the said currency have been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives for further investigation.”

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