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EFCC discovers $2 million, other cache of cash with Lebanese at Abuja airport

OPERATIVES of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested one Abbas Lakis, a Lebanese for money laundering offence.

Tony Orilade, the acting spokesperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC  said in a statement on Friday, the agency acted on a tip-off to apprehend the suspect.

“Lakis was picked up at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, following intelligence report that he had on him, undeclared huge sums of monies aboard the Egypt Airline bringing him from the Kano Airport en route Lebanon,” he said.

“At the point of arrest, a thorough search on his luggage, uncovered $2,104,936 (Two Million, One Hundred and Four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty six Dollars),  £163, 740 (One Hundred and Sixty Three Thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty Pounds),  €144,680 (One Hundred and Forty Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighty Euros).

“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 stated.

The anti-graft agency stated that he would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Meanwhile, the Borno State High Court sitting in Maiduguri on Thursday, convicted and sentenced one Babakura Mustapha to eight years imprisonment for the offence of impersonation and obtaining money under false pretence.

Mustapha allegedly posed as a staff of the EFCC with the name “Mr. Kola” and in the assumed capacity presented himself to one Mamman Bukar as the operative handling “a case” purportedly against Bukar.

In the course of the trial, the prosecution led by Khalid Sanusi presented three witnesses and tendered some documents, which were marked Exhibits A1-A4.

Delivering judgment, Justice Kumaliya sentenced the convict on the first count of the charge to one-year imprisonment or an option of fine of N50,000. On count two, the convict was sentenced to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine.

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