EFCC arrests Lebanese with huge sum at airport

David Adenekan
David Adenekan
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a Lebanese, Abbas Lakis, over alleged case of money laundering.

Lakis who was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, was reported to be in possession of a huge sum of money.

He was travelling to Lebanon in Egypt Airline from Malam Aminu Kano Airport.

The EFCC statement reads:  “At the point of arrest, a thorough search on his luggage, uncovered $2,104,936,  £163, 740 and €144,680.

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“Other currencies found with Lakis include Riyal 391,838 (Three Hundred and Ninety One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Thirty Eight Riyals), CHF 3,420 (Three Thousand Four Hundred and Twenty Swiss Franc).

“Lira 435 (Four Hundred and Thirty five Lira), £109,000(One Hundred and Nine Thousand Lebanese Pounds), Dirhams 10,135(Ten Thousand One Hundred and Thirty Five UAE Dirhams)  ¥10,000 (Ten Thousand Chinese Yuan)  and Riyal10 (Ten Qatar riyal), in his possession.

“He will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”

A similar incident was reported recently with the interception of gold weighing about 35 kg and estimated to cost N211 million.

The gold was being moved illegally through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, to Dubai, when it was intercepted, the EFCC said.

According to the Acting Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade, in a statement he issued, the suspect arrested in connection with it was already saying all that he knew about the case.

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