Another Nigerian Arrested with $456,000 at MMIA

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Murtala Muhammed International Airport


Chinedu Eze 

Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Command of the Nigerian Customs Service yesterday arrested  a passenger, identified as Mr Ikebude  Akoma, with $456,000, at the airport.

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THISDAY gathered that Akoma could not convince the officials of the command of the source of the aforementioned amount and the details of procurement as foreign exchange.

Akoma was stopped on his trip to Chiba en route Doha with Qatar Airways during the outward clearance of the flight.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mrs Thelma Williams, said the passenger with passport number A04073478, was arrested at the E wing section of the Lagos Airport screening hall, from where he was interrogated by officials on duty before being handed over the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which later released him.

She explained that the passenger ran foul of the law for his inability to convince relevant authorities on the source of the money as well as his defiance of rules concerning the movement of huge foreign currency abroad.

“During the outward clearance of Qatar Airways flight to China via Doha, our officials reported that one passenger identified as Ikebude Akoma with passport number A04073478 declared $456,000 at E wing screening hall of the Lagos Airport. On further investigation, it was discovered that the passenger had no proper document like the bureau de change or bank slip,” William explained.


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