EFCC to arraign man ferrying $7 million cash


Tijani confessed that he was just a courier for some yet to be identified people


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said it is set to arraign Abubakar Tijani, a money smuggler arrested last month.

Mr. Tijani was arrested on September 27 at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos when while carrying about $7.5 million cash on his way to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He will be arraigned at a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Friday.

When the 25 year-old suspect was arrested, he declared that he had a total sum of $4.5 million on him, but thorough screening and search showed that he was actually carrying over $7 million, the EFCC said.

The accused confessed that he was a courier for twenty individuals who hired him to convey the money to Dubai.

Mr. Tijani will be docked under Section 12 of the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act Cap F34 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section 2(5) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.

The commission was however silent on the true owners of the money being ferried by the culprit.

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