The suspects were asked to forfeit the undisclosed sums.
A Federal High Court, Lagos, presided over by Okechukwu Okeke, on Wednesday convicted Fatai Apanpa, a bulk cash courier for an undeclared sum of $140,000 (N22 million).
Mr. Apanpa pleaded guilty on arraignment and was subsequently convicted. He was also asked to forfeit the undisclosed sum.
A statement by the acting spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said Mr. Apanpa was arrested on March 29 at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport by Customs Officers at the Customs Currency Declaration Desk while trying to board an Emirate flight to Dubai.
At the time of his arrest, Mr. Apanpa was transporting in cash, the sum of $540,000 (N85 million) but falsely declared the sum of $400,000 (N62 million) only.
Earlier on Monday, another Federal High Court sitting in Lagos and presided over by James Tosho, convicted one bulk cash courier arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and ordered her to forfeit the un-declared sum of $151,205 (N23 million) to the security agencies.
The courier, Oluwafunke Akinnoye, was intercepted by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service last January at the E wing of Murtala Mohammed International Airport as she prepared to board an Emirates flight to China, for failure to declare the huge sum.
She only indicated $100,000 (N15 million) in her Currency Declaration form. She was later handed over to the EFCC, for further investigation and prosecution.
Mr. Uwujaren said Ms. Akinnoye was arraigned on one count charge of conspiracy to transport the sum of $151,205.00 out of Nigeria through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, without declaring the said sum to the Nigerian Customs Service as required under Section 12 of the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act cap F34 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Section 2(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, and Money Laundering (Prohibition) ( Amended) Act, 2011 which stipulates total forfeiture of the undeclared sum.
She pleaded guilty to the charge. Based on her plea, defence counsel, Julius Ugese, prayed the court to tamper justice with mercy.
Mr. Tosho, in his ruling, convicted the accused person and, being a first time offender, ordered her to forfeit the entire undeclared sum. The judge also ordered that the declared sum of $100,000 should be released to the convict.
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