Customs arrests female passenger with $151,205 at Lagos airport

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BY DANIEL ETEGHE

Lagos — OPERATIVES of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Wednesday, arrested a female passenger with $151,205 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos on her way to board an Emirates flight to China.

The passenger, Mrs. Akinnuote Abiola Oluwafunke, was apprehended for not declaring the total sum of foreign currencies she had to the officials of the NCS and was arrested after the discovery of additional currencies by men of the command.

Speaking on the arrest, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Customs Service, MMIA Command, Mrs. Thelma Williams, pointed out that the female passenger was arrested while trying to board an Emirates Airlines flight EK 784 to China.

She explained that Oluwafunke failed to comply with the law of full disclosure of FER oreign currencies

According to Mrs. Williams, the passenger with passport number AOO882373 only declared $100, 000 on the prescribed currency declaration forms: CDFIA and CDFIB, noting that a search on her bag, Customs officers discovered that she was carrying $151, 205
Mrs. Williams explained that the false declaration of the sum of $51, 205 ran contrary to the rule, which warranted her arrest.

The passenger, she said, had been immediately transferred to  Economic and Financial Crimes Commiss- ion, EFCC, saying EFCC would carry out further investigation on the arrest.

She said: “At about 1300 hrs, one intending passenger travelling with Emirate Airline flight EK784 to China by name Mrs. Akinnuote Abiola Oluwafunke with passport No. A00882373 declared $100,000 on both forms CDFIA and CDFIB. On searching her bag, it was discovered she was carrying $151,205.

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