The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday, said it had arrested two suspects attempting to smuggle over $238,858 (two hundred and thirty-eight thousand, eight hundred and fifty-eight dollars) out of the country through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Although the details of the arrests were still sketchy as at press time, sources said one of the suspects, Abdulrasheed Ibrahim, who was still being interrogated, was arrested on Wednesday while preparing to board a United Arab Emirates-bound Ethiopian Airline to Dubai.
The second suspect, Hyginus Ezedimbu, was apprehended at the same airport on November 3 as he prepared to board an Ethiopian Airline on his way to China.”
When contacted, the spokesperson for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrests.
He said, “The arrest of the duo comes on the heels of similar arrests at two of the nation’s other major gateways – the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and the Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano.”
A total of $188,858 was said to have been found on Abdulrasheed Ibrahim.
He was said to have declared the sum of $45,000 but further search on him revealed additional $143, 858.
Further search also revealed that he was carrying £40 and 5753 grams of solid gold worth N34, 518,000.
Ezedimbu was said to have been caught with $50,000 but declared $49,971.
*Who owns all that money? Will a thorough investigation be carried out? What will be done to the suspects if found guilty? Questions needing answers...*