Customs arrests passenger with undeclared $137,435 at airport

// News | Crime/Legal | Customs arrests passenger with undeclared $137,435 at airport
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

By UCHE USIM

A China-bound passenger is currently telling the Nigeria Customs Service, Murtala Muhammed Airport Command how he came about the undeclared $137,435 found on him at the Lagos Airport. According to the Customs officials, the passenger identified as Mr Chukwuonu Nnaemeka John was travelling to China with the money hidden in textbooks when he was arrested.

The officials added that the books were published in Nigeria but the suspect was exporting them to China with the purpose of re-importing, a development they said was clearly a copyright offence. Addressing reporters at the Customs Command Office at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, the Customs Area Comptroller , Eporwei Charles Edike explained that the passenger cunningly declared only $70,000 to beat airport checks.

However, luck ran out on him when officials carried out search on the textbooks and shockingly discovered that $67, 437 was not declared. Edike further explained that the area command had put in place measures to hand over the passenger to officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation. He said it had become imperative for Customs at the airport to comply with government’s regulations as it affects foreign exchange in line with the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) CAP C 45 LFN 2004 as amended.

The Customs boss explained that since September 24, 2012 when the office received a letter from the EFCC, it had thereafter put in place a collaborative working arrangement with the command currency declaration officers at the international airport. He explained that the collaborative efforts had been paying off with many passengers being restrained from travelling and had been handed over to the EFCC. Giving a graphic detail of how travellers with undeclared foreign currency have been arrested, he said: “On September 27, 2012, passengers Messrs Hassan Ganiyat Oloruntoyin (Mrs) and Oteh Prince Eminike were refused boarding at the currency declaration desk when they were unable to produce evidence of purchase of $270,00 and $1,040,000, respectively.

They were subsequently handed over to the EFCC. Also, on September ,2012, one Sheriff Abubakar Tijani was found with $4.5 million. He was also handed over to the EFCC, Lagos Liaison office, who are working in tandem with the currency seat officer at the Lagos international Airport for further necessary action .” Continuing, Edike said: “Mr Igweadiani John Chinedu was arrested on October 3, 2012 with $283,000, due to his failure to satisfactorily explain the source of the money, ownership and purpose of fund.

On October 20, 2012 at the “ D” wing section of the Nigeria Customs Service Currency Screening Desk, our officer of the currency seat accosted a Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria official, Mr Adetula A. A with a bag containing $1.4 million which was not declared. On October 26, 2012, one Mr Osemwegie Billy was found with $599, 200. Only on November 7, 2012, Mr Chukwuonu Nnaemeka John was arrested with $137,435.

He declared the sum of $70,000. Investigations revealed that he was travelling to China with red textbooks published in Nigeria with the purpose of reprinting in China and re-importing them back to Nigeria which is a copyright offence,” he stated.

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Muhammadu Buhari leads with 2m votes after INEC declares results from 18 states

Results from 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory so far released by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday showed the All Progressives Congress ... Full story

Police fire tear gas at protesting APC women in Port Harcourt

Policemen on Monday fired tear gas at protesting women, who were marching to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Port Harcourt. They ... Full story

Governor Rotimi Amaechi Imposes Curfew On Rivers State

THERE was panic and anxiety in Port Harcourt on Monday following the announcement of an imposition of curfew in the state by the Rivers State ... Full story

The World's Most Terrifying Bridges

Bridges can be beautiful monuments to architectural genius that are also functional; allowing humans to travel from one place to another over large bodies of ... Full story

Wole Soyinka Describes The Elections As Vicious, Unprincipled, Vulgar And Violent

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has described the presidential and National Assembly elections as the most vicious, unprincipled, vulgar and violent he had ever witnessed. Soyinka, ... Full story

Alleged Drug Kingpin Wins A Nigerian Senate Seat

Prince Buruji Kashamu, a wealthy Nigerian businessman with a checkered past, has surprised many in the southwestern Ogun State by winning a senate seat for ... Full story

INEC Officials Announce Elections Result - Video

Following a relatively peaceful election across different States of the federation, we bring you a live stream of the result announcement from the INEC officials. ... Full story

Davido Is A 'Whack'

One of the top artistes in Africa, Nigeria’s Davido, disappointed his teeming fans in Kenya, few days ago, when he performed in the East African ... Full story

Strange Baby Born With Two Horns In Osun (GRAPHIC IMAGES )

There has been shock and fear, over a strange baby born at a maternity centre (name withheld) situated at Ifosan area of Ilesa, in Osun ... Full story

I Spend At Least N10,000 On Bra - Ronke Oshodi Oke

Busty Nollywood actress, Ronke Ojo, better known as Ronke Oshodi-Oke has revealed that getting her bra size in the market has mostly been a herculean ... Full story

Nollywood Singer Escapes Assassination

Actress singer and performer turned politician Muma Gee Eke who had earlier dumped PDP to Labour party reportedly escaped an assassination attempt on her life ... Full story

Comment on: Customs arrests passenger with undeclared $137,435 at airport

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

Live Updates Of INEC: Announced Election Results

#Imo LGAs: 27 NO of POLITICAL PARTIES:14 REG. VOTERS: 1,747,681 ACCR VOTERS: 801,712 AA: 533 AD:757 ACPN: 956 ADC: 1617 APA: 2236 APC: 133,253 CPP: 733 HOPE: 157 KOWA: ...

Police Uniforms Too Cheap To Easily Get—Cossy Orjiakor

Controversial actress, Cossy Orjiakor, has called on the Nigerian government to do something about the uniforms of the Nigeria Police, which she said are too ...

Shan George Curses INEC Officials

Nollywood actress, Shan George, has joined many Nigerians who are anxiously waiting for the announcement of the winner of the Saturday, March 28, 2015 presidential ...

No Politician Paid Me A Dime To Vote—Wizkid

Nigerians have most times requested for a credible, free and fair elections in the country whenever they go to the polls to elect their leaders. In ...

Omotola Celebrates Daughter At 18

Nollywood superstar actress, Omotola Ekeinde seems not to be bothered about if the result of the presidential election is announced on time or not. While some ...

Sexy Bedroom Pictures Of Ice Prince's Babe That Got Everyone Talking

When the self-acclaimed ‘Koko Master’, D'Banj, sang few years ago in one of his hit singles that ‘love is a beautiful thing', he was never ...

Omotola’s First Child Turns 18 Today

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde’s first child, Princess Ekeinde is 18 years old today March 30th and as you can see from the photo, she’s grown into ... Full story

Show of shame: Nollywood Actors Fight Over Dame Jonathans’ N3m ‘Political’ Largesse

The recent visit of First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan to Enugu has left a big scar on Nollywood. This is because the police in Enugu ...

TB JOSHUA: PRAY AGAINST DEATH OF ‘GREAT’ POLITICIAN #NigeriaDecides

Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua has warned of the death of a prominent politician due to ‘heated up’ politics in the wake of the closely fought ...

Lamborghini Worth $397,500, Causes Uproar In Ikoyi (Photo)

A while ago, a beautiful young lady was spotted driving an uncommon white coloured ride on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi. It drew attention of all around the ...