The Nigeria Customs Service, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command have been handed over Some fake $10. 000 notes to officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The handover followed the arrest of a 41-year-old suspect, Ifeanacho Ugbor, who was apprehended for attempting to travel to Brazil, a violation of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of Nigeria.
According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Juliana Tomo, the seizure occurred less than two months after the redeployment of the new Customs Area Controller, Charles Orbih, from Abia/Imo Area Command to MMIA.
The statement said, “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.”
The statement added the passenger, Ifeanacho Ugbor, is a 41-year-old Nigerian from Enugu State with a valid Nigerian Standard Passport No. B00033052 was scheduled to travel from Murtala Muhammad International Airport with the Ethiopian Airline (flight ET900) to Brazil on Friday, 10th November 2023, and was suspected to have contravened the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of Nigeria.
The spokesperson stated that the suspect was restrained from travelling and detained for further investigation, stressing that having declared the sum of $10,000 on the currency declaration form, their 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.