The Nigeria Customs Service at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) has intercepted a significant sum of counterfeit currency, specifically fake $10,000. The suspect, Ifeanachor Ugbor, was apprehended, and the Customs Service subsequently handed over the seized fake currency to officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The arrest of the 41-year-old suspect, Ifeanachor Ugbor, took place as he was preparing to travel to Brazil. The Customs Service alleges that Ugbor contravened the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of Nigeria. According to the authorities, Ugbor, a Nigerian from Enugu State, had a valid passport and was scheduled to board Ethiopian Airlines flight ET900.
Seizure and Investigation:
Upon scrutinizing Ugbor’s currency declaration form, where he declared the sum of $10,000, Customs officers decided to conduct a thorough examination. The investigation carried out in accordance with Section 66 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023, revealed that the entire sum of $10,000 was counterfeit. Subsequently, Ugbor was detained, and further investigations were initiated.
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Charles Orbih, the Customs Area Controller in charge of MMIA, emphasized the diligence of the officers involved in the operation. He commended their commitment to combating customs-related crimes and bringing perpetrators to justice. Orbih expressed confidence in the vigilance of the MMIA Customs officers, highlighting their dedication to working around the clock.
Handover to EFCC:
The seized counterfeit currency, along with the suspect, Ugbor, was handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further necessary action. The handover included Ugbor’s valid Nigerian Standard Passport No. B00033052, two phones, and his baggage.
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