EFCC in­ter­cepts N1­bil­lion at Enugu air­port

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC), on Fri­day said its Enugu Zonal Of­fice, on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 20 in­ter­cepted $2.8mil­lion (ap­prox. N1­bil­lion) from two peo­ple, sus­pected to be money laun­der­ers, at Akanu Ibiam In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Enugu.

A state­ment from EFCC act­ing spokesman Tony Orilade said the sus­pects, Ighoh Au­gus­tine and Ezekwe Em­manuel, al­legedly work­ing for a com­pany, Bankers Ware­house, were nabbed based on in­tel­li­gence re­port.

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

Orilade said, 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.

He said 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 state­ment said.

PHOTO: EFCC

Ighoh Au­gus­tine and Ezekwe Em­manuel, dur­ing their ar­rest by of­fi­cials of the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion, Enugu Zonal Of­fice, at the Akanu Ibiam In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Enugu for al­legedly be­ing in pos­ses­sion of $ 2.8mil­lion (United States cur­rency). They were sus­pected to be money laun­der­ers

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