How Nigerian Customs intercepted $8 million at Lagos airport


Several large-sized brown paper wrappings containing a stash of foreign currency totalling $8.06 million was intercepted on the tarmac of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, the Nigerian Customs Service said Tuesday.

Hameed Ali, the customs comptroller-general, said at a press conference in Lagos that the money was found in a vehicle belonging to the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO).

One suspect, identified as Chimezie Okonkwo, who is the driver of the vehicle has been arrested and taken into custody for further investigation, Mr Ali said.

“From the day we seized this money, no bank has come to claim ownership. But our investigation will reveal the mystery behind the owners,” said Mr Ali.

He added that the arrest was made when customs operatives…



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