In recent times, we have seen many reports of people caught smuggling illicit drugs and contraband items into the country. Surprisingly, we never imagined hearing of people trying to smuggle the Nigerian naira out of the country illegally. Yes, a new report reaching us claims that some Customs officers in Katsina recently intercepted a Toyota car loaded with ₦71million cash. Quite confusing, isn’t it?
Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service in Katsina State recently impounded a vehicle smuggling ₦71million cash out of Nigeria
According to the NCS command in Katsina State, some of its officials on duty intercepted a certain vehicle suspected of money laundering. The seized vehicle was said to be loaded with a total sum of ₦71,350,000 cash as at the time it was intercepted. Dalhat Wada-Chedi, the Acting controller of NCS in Katsina State gave this report to newsmen on Monday 29th of November 2021 during a press briefing. He revealed that the NCS officials arrested three suspects alongside the intercepted vehicle packed with the ₦71million cash. The suspects were reportedly apprehended at midnight in a local community (Dan Isa) around the bank of the Niger Republic.
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Going by the words of the Katsina State NCS boss, the ₦71million cash was stuffed inside the trunk of the intercepted Toyota Corolla car. Press reports say that the money was packaged inside a “Ghana Must Go” polythene bag. When speaking about this shocking incident, the NCS boss gave the following reasons as the “justification” for arresting the suspected money launderers:
- The suspects were in possession of over $10,000 (₦71million) "undeclared money" in the trunk of their Toyota car.
- The suspects were intercepted during midnight hours at a Nigerian border exit route and that particular border was even officially closed.
As of the time of writing this report, the NCS in Katsina State said it has handed over the ₦71million cash to the Central Bank branch in the state.