Custom officials at MMIA arrested passenger with $US137,435

By Oyise OGHENE
LAGOS: The Murtala Muhammed Airport Command  of Nigeria Customs Service has said that it arrested one passenger with one hundred  and thirty  seven  thousand, four hundred and thirty five( 137,435),  United States of America dollars at the international wing of the Lagos airport.

The passenger identified as Mr  Chukwuonu Nnaemeka John  was travelling to China with textbooks published in Nigeria with the purpose of re- importing them back to Nigeria which is a copyright offence.

Addressing reporters at the Customs Command Office at the cargo wing  of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, the Customs Area Controller , Eporwei  Charles Edike explained that the passenger only declared seventy thousand  dollars.

But, when officials carried out search on the textbooks, they discovered that sixty seven  thousand and four hundred and thirty seven dollars (67,437),was also found which was not declared.

He explained that the area command has put in place measures to hand over the passenger to officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) for further investigation.

He said it has become imperative for Customs at the airport to comply with government regulations as it affects foreign exchange in line with the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) CAP  C 45 LFN 2004 as amended.

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