Another Nigerian held with $320,000 at Lagos Airport

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Another Nigerian has been arrested with $320,000 cash at the Murtala Muhammed Airport.

The man, Onwuekwe Chidi was about to board a Qatar plane to Doha, when he was arrested.

Mr Epowei Charles, the Area Comptroller, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMI) Customs Command, said though Chidi declared the money, he could not explain the source of the currency or show adequate proof of his business to customs officials.

“The passenger and the money had been handed over to officials of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for further investigations,” Charles said.

“At about 1300 hours on November 19, 2012, a passenger by name Onwuekwe Anthony Chidi, with passport number A04086671 was checking in on Qatar Airways.

“He declared US $320,000 on both forms CDFIA and CDFIB but he could not explain the source of the currency nor show adequate prove of his business to the customs officer at the currency desk at the `E` wing departure hall of the airport.“

In the last 3 months, the Customs and the EFCC have seized close to $11million from Nigerian travellers, especially to Dubai and Doha.

Just last week, Akinyele Adetula, a staff of FAAN, on whom was found $1.4million forfeited a quarter of the money to the Federal Government after trial in Lagos.

The trophy for the biggest cash smuggling belongs to Abubakar Sheriff Tijjani. The lanky dollar courier had $7,049.444, in his possession when he was arrested 27 September, 2012. He forfeited only a quarter of the undeclared $2.5million.

Analysts said the huge forex cash Nigerians are taking to other climes, suggest a heavy flight of much needed capital that can be deployed to better productive uses.


  1. revolutinary answer

    nigerians with corruption

  2. JI

    Who then would arrest those who uses their private jets to carry their millions o dollars out at any time (at least 60% of serving and ex-governors have their jets either registered in a company name or kept in the fleet of commercial or charter companies).

    Is the EFCC and customs not fooling themselves?

    How come they did not arrest Mr. Amore when he flew his private jet – owned by unknown soldier, out to France before he was arrested there?

    How come they did not arrest Ajumobi’s wife when she left a few days after Tijani’s arrest?

    Nigeria masses would fight for themselves someday, not the type of mass protest paid for by Tinubu and the Ifeanyi Ubas of this world last January!


    The level of corruption in this country is at alarming rate. There is no single day we don’t receive news of direct and indirect malpractices. Only God can help us!!!

  4. S.A. Nojeemn

    Let them be forfeiting all the money to the Federal Government, that one will serve as a deterrent to others.

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