Nigerian Court jails two Nigerians caught smuggling $5.4m cash

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Two Nigerians, Ojukwu Nnamdi Rowland and Ngene Linus Chibuike, arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while attempting to smuggle $5, 424,270 USD out of the country, have been convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment respectively by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos.

Mr. Rowland was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on October 22, 2015, for being in possession of cash in the sum of US$2,917,272 (Two Million, Nine Hundred and Seventeen Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy Two United States Dollars) during his outbound clearance for a journey to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Contrary to the requirements of the law, Mr. Rowland did not declare the money to men and officers of the Nigeria Customs Service and was subsequently arrested and arraigned before Justice Buba.

Mr. Rowland pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge preferred against him and the matter went into full trial. Justice Buba found him guilty and sentenced him to two years imprisonment. He also ordered that the convict should forfeit the entire sum of $2,917,272 USD (Two Million, Nine Hundred and Seventeen Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy Two United States Dollars) to the Nigerian government.

Justice Buba said the convict did not do the right thing by failing to declare the money to Customs officials. He ruled that the two years imprisonment should take effect from February 9, 2016.

Mr. Chibuike, on the other hand, was arraigned on October 22, 2015 for falsely declaring the sum of US$11,500 (Eleven Thousand and Five Hundred United States Dollars) out of the sum of $2,506,998 USD (Two Million, Five Hundred and Six Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety Eight United States Dollars) he had in his possession during an outbound clearance for a journey to China en-route Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mr. Chibuike pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge raised against him and the matter went into full trial. Justice Buba found him guilty and sentenced him to two years imprisonment.

He also ordered that the convict should forfeit the sum of $2,495, 498 (Two Million, Four Hundred and Ninety- Five Thousand, Four Hundred and Ninety-Eight United States Dollars) not declared to the customs officials to the Nigerian government

He ruled that the two years imprisonment should take effect from February 9, 2016.

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  • Sparzo

    These are just mules who deserve stiffer sentences. Even then the laws are forever lenient on financial crimes.
    This is because financial crimes/money laundering, are an establishment and business – dirty i might add – thing.
    Do you know how many years in jail these mules would get if they robbed a supermarket or store or even another citizen of $40 or its equivalent? Go figure.

  • Uncle G

    Are these jail terms not minimal, considering the duo never show remorse?
    It’s my opinion they were laundering for some crooked politicians.

  • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

    Nigerians are saints, an aw abiding, that’s what Buhari would’ve told the Telegraph! The reward for lies is opprobrium.
    At least the proceeds of crime belongs to the government!.

  • Du Covenant

    Two years only!, where is the deterence then?.I thought the origin of the money will also be a subject since these desperados just don’t have what it takes for this money to be legally theirs, interesting….since we are linient with criminals, they will keep coming.

  • Maria

    Eboes always! Professional criminals.

    • SeniO.

      Common Maria…

  • TrueNja

    Hope money forfeited to government is not diverted to private use.

  • Salisu Dan-Gombe

    WHAT ABOUT EX-GOVERNOR SULE LAMIDO’S SON THAT COMMITTED A SIMILAR OFFENSE IN KANO? HAS HE BEEN CONVICTED?

  • Genusa

    You may be wrong to think the traders you call ordinary don’t have such money. I know some of them are quite rich by their trading businesses, and can easily afford that kind of money. Anyway, the situation is that people can no longer access foreign exchange for their business. Temptations get high to transfer money abroad via unauthorized way. They may not be criminals in that sense as the news wrote they are en route to China. FG and CBN need to relax a bit on their restrictions on forex. It is affecting businesses. By the time the effect starts reflecting on prices of goods, Nigerians won’t find it easy.

    • Paul Young

      I am 100% sure the monies dont belong to these men. They are mere ‘couriers’ laundering money for oga at the top

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      THE MONEY IS PART OF THE 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS ARMS DASUKIGATE SAGA.

      • U. K. Charles

        So your sheep brains believe that 2.1 billion dollar Dasukigate loot will trickle down to traders?

        • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

          BASTARRD!! WHICH TRADERS? IGBOS WERE ARMED ROBBERS, 419ERS, AND ALL WERE MERE DUBIOUS CHARACTERS.

          • U. K. Charles

            These are what you find among the Hausa — mass illiteracy, mass poverty, diseases of every kind, mass laziness who want to earn their living through government jobs where they can loot public funds!!

            Yes, this is what the Hausa is made of!!!!

  • U. K. Charles

    This is pure injustice to the core!!! Justice Buba is very biased in his judgement. If it is investigated that this dollar amount belong to the accused, forfeiting it to the Federal Government is very wrong, because this is their hard earned money from which these people do business with.

    Spending two years behind bars is PUNISHMENT enough for lying, but their money should be refunded them after their jail term.

    Does Justice Buba want them to resort to armed robbery after their release from prison? When all that they own have been taken from them

    What about all the politicians and military men who looted the treasury?

    • SayNo2Tribalism

      Why did they plead not guilty?

      • U. K. Charles

        What do you expect? I have already stated my point! Two years in jail is enough for lying! But confiscating their hard earned dollar is tantamount to deprivation and relegation to stark poverty after being released from jail! PERIOD!!!

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      LIAR!! THIEF ARMED ROBBER 419ER.. THEY FAILED TO DISCLOSE THE SOURCE OF THE MONEY IN QUESTION.