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Money Laundering: EFCC intercepts over $2m at Enugu airport

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) announces it has recovered $2.8 million from suspected money launderers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State.

Mr Tony Orilade, the acting Head of Media and Publicity of the commission, confirmed this in a statement made on Friday.

He explained that the money was recovered from two suspected money launderers by the operatives of the EFCC Enugu Zonal Office on Thursday.

Mr Orilade added that the suspects, Augustine and Ezekwe, said to be working for a company, were arrested based on intelligence report.

According to Mr Orilade, the suspects confessed that they were in the process of doing same for a bank located at New Market, Onitsha in Anambra State, when they were caught.

He further informed that they were already giving useful information to operatives of the commission and would be charged to court soon.

The suspects said they had so far carried out such assignments “four times this year”.

The anti-graft agency recovered the money barely one month after it arrested a Lebanese, Abbas Lakis, for money laundering offence.

Lakis was picked up in November following intelligence report that he had on him undeclared huge sums of monies aboard an airline conveying him from the Kano Airport en route Lebanon.

Part of the currencies recovered from the suspect included $2,104,936, £163,740, and €144,680, among others.

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