The Nigeria Customs Service, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command, said it has handed over seized fake $10, 000 to officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Announcing this in a statement on Saturday, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Juliana Tomo, said a 41-year-old suspect, Ifeanachor Ugbor, was arrested in connection with the seizure.
She said that the suspect who was heading to Brazil, contravened the the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of Nigeria.
Tomo said the command made this seizure less than two months after the new Customs Area Controller, Charles Orbih, was redeployed from Abia/Imo Area Command to MMIA.
“Considering Section 15 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) Act No 11, 2011 and Act No 1, 2012, which entails the money laundering offences, a passenger contravened a part of this section within our jurisdiction.
“This passenger, Ifeanacho Ugbor, is a 41-year-old Nigerian from Enugu State with a valid Nigerian Standard Passport No. B00033052 who was scheduled to travel from Murtala Muhammad International Airport with the Ethiopian Airline (flight ET900) to Brazil on Friday 10th November 2023 was suspected to have contravened the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of Nigeria,” she said.
The spokesperson said the suspect was restrained from traveling and detained for further investigation.
“The suspect, having declared the sum of $10,000 on our currency declaration form, our officers took a step further to examine the currency in line with section 66 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023, and the officers discovered that the sum of $10,000 was all counterfeit,” the statement noted.
The Customs Area Controller in charge of the command, Orbih, said that the achievement was a result of the due diligence of the officers.
“We have eagle eyes officers in this command, they are ready to work for 24 hours of the day and seven days of the week combating all customs-related crimes and bringing to the limelight the perpetrators,” he added.
“We hereby hand over the sum of $10,000 counterfeited currency to the EFCC, the suspect, a valid Nigerian Standard Passport No. B00033052, two phones and his baggage for further necessary action,” he concluded.