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EFCC arrests two at Enugu airport, recovers $2.8 million


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office, Friday intercepted $2.8million from two people, suspected to be money launderers, at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

Tony Orilade, the acting spokesman to the EFCC in a statement in Abuja disclosed that the suspects, namely Ighoh Augustine and Ezekwe Emmanuel, allegedly working for a company: Bankers Warehouse, were nabbed based on intelligence report.

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Mr Orilade maintained that, Upon their arrests, they were caught with consignments of two suitcases, containing $1.4 million each, totalling $2.8 million, at the departure lounge of the airport while about to board an Arik Air evening flight to Lagos.

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“During interrogation, the suspects confessed that they have been in the business of conveying cash for “some notable banks”, for over six years and were in the process of doing same for Union Bank Plc, located at New Market, Onitsha, Anambra State, when they were caught.”

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The spokesman further disclosed that the suspects further confessed that they had so far carried out such assignments, “four times this year”.

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Mr Orilade said that they are presently giving useful information to operatives of the Commission, and will be charged to court soon.

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