Customs arrests Brazil-bound Passenger with fake $10,000 at Lagos airport

Customs officers at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos apprehended Ifeanacho Marcellinus Ugbor, a 41-year-old man, for allegedly carrying counterfeit $10,000.

The arrest occurred on November 10, 2023, as the suspect attempted to board Ethiopian Airline flight ET900 bound for Brazil. At the time of apprehension, he possessed a legitimate Nigerian passport.

During the presentation of the suspect to the media, Customs Area Controller Comptroller Charles Orbihi stated that, apart from the counterfeit nature of the currency, the suspect’s actions contravene section 15 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) Act No 11, 2011, and Act No1, 2012.

The Controller mentioned that the passenger violated a specific section within, and he emphasized that this falls within the jurisdiction of the Customs Service.

“This passenger, named IFEANACHO MARCELLINUS UGBOR, is a forty-one (41) years old Nigerian from Enugu State with a valid Nigerian Standard passport No. B00033052 who was scheduled to travel from Murtala Muhammad International Airport with the Ethiopian Airline (flight ET900) to Brazil on Friday 10th November, 2023 was suspected to have contravened the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of Nigeria.

The above-named suspect, having declared the sum of $10,000 USD on our Currency Declaration Form, our officers took a step further to examine the currency in line with section 66 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023, and they (officers) discovered that the sum of $10,000 United States Dollars were all counterfeit. The suspect was refrained from travelling and detained for further investigation

“This achievement was as a result of due diligence of our officers. We have eagle eyes officers in this Command, they are ready to work for twenty-four (24) hours of the day and seven (7) days of the week (24/7) combating all Customs related crimes and bringing to limelight the perpetrators.

“We hereby handover the sum of $10,000 USD counterfeited currency to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), the suspect, a valid Nigerian Standard passport No. B00033052, two phones and his baggage for further necessary action” he said.

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