EFCC intercepts N1bn at Enugu airport, arrests two

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Enugu has intercepted $2.8m (N1.02bn) from two people, suspected to be money launderers, at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

The suspects, namely Ighoh Augustine and Ezekwe Emmanuel, allegedly working for a company: Bankers Warehouse, were nabbed based on intelligence report.

The EFCC said upon their arrests, they were caught with consignments of two suitcases, containing $1.4m each, totalling $2.8m, at the departure lounge of the airport while about to board an Arik Air evening flight to Lagos.

During interrogation, the suspects confessed that they have been in the business of conveying cash for “some notable banks”, for over six years and were in the process of doing same for Union Bank Plc, located at New Market, Onitsha, Anambra State, when they were caught.

The suspects further confessed that they had so far carried out such assignments, “four times this year”.

They are presently giving useful information to operatives of the commission, and will be charged to court soon, the EFCC Spokesman, Mr. Tony Orilade said.

The EFCC had last month one Abbas Lakis, a Lebanese, with different foreign currencies valued at a combined N940m at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, following intelligence report that he had on him, undeclared huge sums of monies aboard the Egypt Airline bringing him from the Kano Airport en route Lebanon.

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