SSS seizes N1.7 billion cash at Lagos Airport

Date: 05-02-2011 12:18 pm (13 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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- at 5-02-2011 12:18 PM (13 years ago)
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Who owns this huge  money? Ten million American dollars and one million Euros, equivalents of Nigeria’s N1.7 billion? In cash? And being moved out of Nigeria by four nondescript persons with no social or business pedigree?

Could this huge sum be a proceed of money laundering by some politicians or funds being funnelled to some sources for terrorist activities? These are questions that officials of the State Security Services (SSS) are currently seeking answers to.



Some SSS officials arrested the four men, believed to be of Northern origin, while they were attempting to board a flight to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The money was kept in sacks, commonly called Ghana Must Go bags. When the foursome could not explain how they came about the money and the purpose for which it was meant, the SSS officers promptly placed them on arrest and handed them over to officers of the Police Command at the Airport.

 

The Inspector General, Mr. Hafiz Ringim yesterday ordered a Commissioner of Police to lead investigation into the money-cache.

The chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs Farida Waziri has also sent a team of her officials to get to the root of thge matter, which is within the purview of her organisation, since it borders on suspicion of money laundering and terrorism fund.

A source said that the four men, who looked “ordinary”, could not explain what they were doing with such huge sums of money, even as they claimed to be on their way to the United Arab Emirates.

It was further gathered that when the money was brought out from the bags and counted, the total sum was about $10m (N1.5b) and one million Euros about N205m.

Said a source: “You know that there has been serious suspicion that  some politicians and even governors, move money out of the country when the allocations from the Federal Allocation comes. This large amount could be one of such. It is also possible that the money is for some other activities that are terrorism related. You know this period, where there is crisis all over the country, anything could happen, really.”

While Nigerian Compass on Saturday could not confirm from Police authorities, the spokesman of the EFCC, Mr. Femi Babafemi confirmed that his commission was aware of the development. According to him, “The EFCC is aware of the matter and we believe it is witin the purview of the EFCC to unravel the source of the money. We are already investigating the matter and would make it public soon”

It was further learnt that the suspicion of security agencies on the source of the money was not unrelated with the crises that have become the lot of some parts of Northern Nigeria in the past one year and the incessant bomb blasts in the country recently.

While Borno State has been witnessing mayhem from a religious sect, Boko Haram, Jos in Plateau State has become a shadow of itself, over internecine wars, that border on both ethnic and religious reasons.

Between October 1 and December last year, Abuja, the once peaceful Federal Capital Territory, has witnessed two separate multiple bomb blasts that has tens of persons killed. That is in addition to similar blasts in some other parts of the country.

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Posted: at 5-02-2011 12:18 PM (13 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- chudy1800 at 5-02-2011 12:40 PM (13 years ago)
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God what kind of wicked ppl we have in Naija,ppl are so poor still big amount like this are going out every time.
Posted: at 5-02-2011 12:40 PM (13 years ago) | Upcoming
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- TOCHI4LOVE at 5-02-2011 12:40 PM (13 years ago)
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NO COMMENT
Posted: at 5-02-2011 12:40 PM (13 years ago) | Upcoming
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- sixtyhoneyy at 5-02-2011 12:43 PM (13 years ago)
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hmmmmm
Posted: at 5-02-2011 12:43 PM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- chubby10 at 5-02-2011 12:46 PM (13 years ago)
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Awwwwwwwwwwwww.....9ija land when can all this things stop..who can tell me were they are taking this huge of money to while some people are in the country dieing on hunger
Posted: at 5-02-2011 12:46 PM (13 years ago) | Newbie
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- waco at 5-02-2011 12:48 PM (13 years ago)
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U can imagine that!

Posted: at 5-02-2011 12:48 PM (13 years ago) | Hero
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- myfantacy at 5-02-2011 12:51 PM (13 years ago)
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they should investigate further...that money is too big to be owned by four men. Perhaps, they were told not to say a word if apprehended!!
Posted: at 5-02-2011 12:51 PM (13 years ago) | Newbie
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- Mma4life at 5-02-2011 12:56 PM (13 years ago)
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Jesus! This is money. If this money is being shared to all Nigerian citizens, who can tell how much each person can get? Abeg make una talk.
Posted: at 5-02-2011 12:56 PM (13 years ago) | Newbie
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- TOCHI4LOVE at 5-02-2011 01:01 PM (13 years ago)
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Quote from: Mma4life on  5-02-2011 12:56 PM
Jesus! This is money. If this money is being shared to all Nigerian citizens, who can tell how much each person can get? Abeg make una talk.
PLEASE HELPE US SHARE THE MONEY  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 5-02-2011 01:01 PM (13 years ago) | Upcoming
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- lanudja at 5-02-2011 01:05 PM (13 years ago)
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Chei...God i abegooo... Which kai thing be this? see money! in cash for that matter... Men... Nigeria i hail thee, una too much. Whoever it maybe much surely be exposed. Their cup don fill. Animalssssssss
Posted: at 5-02-2011 01:05 PM (13 years ago) | Hero
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- ILOVEIT at 5-02-2011 01:06 PM (13 years ago)
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naija..wonder will never end...

Posted: at 5-02-2011 01:06 PM (13 years ago) | Hero
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- Emeosky at 5-02-2011 01:22 PM (13 years ago)
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Quote from: ILOVEIT on  5-02-2011 01:06 PM
naija..wonder will never end...

na today..
he don tey
Posted: at 5-02-2011 01:22 PM (13 years ago) | Newbie
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- colenzo at 5-02-2011 01:42 PM (13 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed

Posted: at 5-02-2011 01:42 PM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- onyimau20 at 5-02-2011 01:44 PM (13 years ago)
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Welldone state security services(sss), u guys hv done a good job. More grease to ur elbow. Those wolves in sheep clothings need to be exposed...heartless pple.
Posted: at 5-02-2011 01:44 PM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- frankisco at 5-02-2011 01:44 PM (13 years ago)
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naija una too much jarry,see money wey only four people  carry dey go out of the country at a time who knows how much wey they get for their acount for abroad already.wey be say inside 9ja some people no fit feed three sqare meils. naija we still have a long way to go. na only baba God fit help us.
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- krisdyke at 5-02-2011 01:47 PM (13 years ago)
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We are not on course.... we lost it all. sorry nigeria.
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- purityjustice at 5-02-2011 01:49 PM (13 years ago)
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if they are investing this money in nigeria i won't have be in uk
Posted: at 5-02-2011 01:49 PM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- LEONE at 5-02-2011 01:53 PM (13 years ago)
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Just imagine,this is ppl's money being smuggled out while majority of our citizens are lwreched.Mehn,i don't get this,These pple are HEARTLESS.
Posted: at 5-02-2011 01:53 PM (13 years ago) | Upcoming
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- muyo at 5-02-2011 01:56 PM (13 years ago)
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and the foreign reserve keeps dwindling on the preserve of some unchosen few.
the kind of infrastructure that money can provide if its properly invested.
asking for FDI's and we keep funding the growth of foreign economies rather than ours.
that kind of money will make a good addition to the SWF.
if our governors are bereft of ideas, they can at least try looking inwards otherwise @ the right time, there will be no place on earth they can hide.

Mheen, imagine aw many jobs that'll provide.
anyways got a few ideas on how to make jobless youths less angry
Posted: at 5-02-2011 01:56 PM (13 years ago) | Newbie
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- Chiluvsky at 5-02-2011 02:02 PM (13 years ago)
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Na so dem go catch all of them one by one
Posted: at 5-02-2011 02:02 PM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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