Saturday, September 29, 2012

EFCC Arrests 24 Year-Old Currency Courier Trying to Smuggle N1.1billion Cash out of The Country

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 24 year-old Nigerian, Abubakar Tijani Sheriff for attempting to travel with the sum of $7 million (N1, 120,000billion).

He was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International airport, Lagos as he was trying to travel to Dubai aboard a United Arab Emirates flight on Thursday.

After his arrest, he said that he had a total sum of $4.5million. But when he was thouroughly searched, he was found to have $7,049,444 on him. Click to continue.

He later confessed that he was a courier for 20 individuals who hired him to take the money for them to Dubai. Authorities said that the money was proceeds from illegal deals and he is a suspected money laundering courier. He has already mentioned 20 prominent Nigerians who are the owners of the money.

The EFCC in a statement released by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren to Sahara Reporters yesterday said that “Investigations by the EFCC showed that Sheriff is a regular traveller and one of several couriers of illegal cash suspected to be proceeds of crime.”

“Travellers leaving the country are statutorily required to declare cash in excess of $10,000. However, under the provisions of the Money Laundering Act, it is not sufficient to declare excess cash; the onus is on the person making the declaration to explain the source of the excess cash and the reason for the export.”

He is now being detained at the EFCC’s holding facility in Lagos pending his arraignment in court.

Photo: Sahara Reporters


  1. Chaiiii the boy tried ooo. Money will kill some1 soon

  2. guess he was providing a much needed least the efcc is above board unlike many other govt agencies and declared the whole amount rather than doing the police thing

  3. Omo just one stack of those will do me great o. Chinekemee

  4. This is just not  can a body (EFCC) charged with the responsibility of bringing criminals to book not do their job properly. Yes, fine they arrested the guy. Kudos to them. Did they have to mention that the guy has named 20 prominent Nigerians that he's working for. The right thing to do is to secretly investigate these individuals and bring them to book. Corruption will never end in Nigeria if things continue like this.I'm so upset right now......I'm sure this is the last we'll hear of this matter.

  5. na today? i knw that these couriers routinely take even more than this amount to dubai i guess either this was a set up or a jjc courier......

  6. Normal occurence. Plenty young Hausa boys in the trade. I guess someone he didn't settle blew his cover

  7. Ode that's how they would ave used u too

  8. Nigerians the truth about the 5000 Naira debacle will never be told there were too many forces against Sanusi for the wrong reasons.there is too much stolen money outside the banking system Sanusi was trying to reign in.why was currency denomination such a big issue? Isn't it the big politicians that chop brib it would have paid? Sanusi was about to snooker all this thieves but they got smart and figured Sanusi s aim was to change the currency and force all the money back into the system to be thereafter caught by the cashless policy. Pity the thieves are winning.

  9. o boy see too much money. dis may not be his first. Just 1/10th of the money make me feel good.

  10. Can't see how he's going to come out of this alive when dem oga pounce..only God knows what project this was meant for..someone decided to take the entire allotment and store it abroad!! long can we take this sh.t!!
    World's 4th highest spender indeed!!

  11. Unlucky. So many people do this stuff. Even a lot of Eastern govs have two or three links they all use.

  12. *sobaffled*!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i mean why?????????

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