The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday arrested the duo of Moghalu Maduakonam and Esho Femi David at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja for attempting to smuggle $240,000 out of the country.
While Maduakonam was travelling to Dubai, United Arab Emirates with $200,000.00 which he failed to declare; Turkey- bound David declared only $5,000 out of $40,050 in his possession.
The arrest of the suspects coincided with identification of another property of the former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, by the operatives of the anti-graft agency.
The said house, which is situated at No 5, Alpha Beach Road , Lekki, Lagos , is suspected to be one of the proceeds of money laundering for which the ex-governor was convicted in the United Kingdom.
The commission describes the property as a mansion with a mini reception at the ground floor and a detached Boys Quarters, adding that two occupants of the house, Moses Abu and Kaycee Kassim, had made useful statements about the house.
Meanwhile, the cash courier are to be charged to court as soon as invetigat ion is concluded.
Only three days ago, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and presided over by Justice Adamu Bello convicted one Mallam Abulrasheed Ibrahim for money laundering.
He was arrested on Wednesday, November 7, 2013 by operatives of the commission as he prepared to board a Dubai-bound Ethiopian airline, at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport when he declared the sum of $45,000 instead of $143,858 on him.
Justice Adamu Bello ruled that 25% of the total sum, which is $188,858 be forfeited and paid into the Federal Government Treasury by the court accountant and the remaining money returned to the convict through his counsel.
Last year alone, EFCC arrested suspects with over $9 million as they made effort to ferry out the money.