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Customs hands over man arrested at Kano airport with $184,800, SAR1.7m to EFCC

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The Area Comptroller in charge of Kano/Jigawa Command of the Nigeria Customs, Suleiman Pai Umar on Thursday July 1, 2021 handed over one Sabo Suleiman to the Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The suspect was arrested in a joint operation on June 17, 2021 by the EFCC, Services Security Service, SSS and the Nigeria Customs Service at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport. He was nabbed when he came to claim an unaccompanied luggage which arrived aboard an Ethiopian Air flight ET911 from Saudi Arabia through Addis Ababa.

Upon arrest, it was discovered that a sum of $184,800 (One Hundred and Eighty Four Thousand Dollars), SAR 1,723,310 (One Million, Seven Hundred and Twenty Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Ten Saudi Riyals) was concealed in a diaper pack.

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The monies were discovered at the screening point when the suspect, Suleiman came to claim the luggage.

The suspect was subsequently transported to the office of the Nigeria Custom Service, for proper processing.

During the handing over, the Zonal Head of the Commission who was represented by his deputy, Michael Nzekwe, commended the collaboration between the commission and NCS. “According to the Zonal Head, “it is only through synergy and cooperation with other agencies that successes like this can be achieved.

“Inter-agency collaboration is very key, we should be able to come together towards achieving our common goal. There is no reason for rivalry, this is how it should be.”

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Mr Nzekwe also assured the Nigeria Customs the Commission will carry them along with progress of the investigation.

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