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Man with undeclared US$130,000 nabbed at Nigeria airport

A man with an undeclared US$130,000 in cash was arrested by security agents at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in northern Nigeria Wednesday, in the second such arrest in as many weeks at the airport.

In a statement, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) identified the man as Bashir Abdu.

Abdu, a Nigerian resident in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, had boarded the Egypt Air flight en route Cairo when he was arrested by EFCC agents.

He had declared gold bars and 30,000 Saudi Riyals which he was carrying, but failed to declare the US$130,000.

The statement said the suspect would soon be charged to court.

Last week, Aminu Lamido, the eldest son of Gov. Sule Lamido of Nigeria’s northern Jigawa State, was arrested at the same airport for not declaring US$40,000.

His father later denied he was a money launderer, saying he needed the money to pay the medical bills of his daughter, who had been undergoing treatment in Egypt since she was born with a spinal chord problem.

Aminu, who has been granted an administrative bail, is also expected to be charged to court soon.

There are growing concerns in Nigeria at the rate in which people have been caught trying to take huge amounts of cash out of the country.

EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Lamorde recently disclosed that about 15.5 billion naira (US$94 million) had been intercepted at the county’s airports this year, alleging that the funds were proceeds of corruption.

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