The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command has arrested a passenger with $767,500. NCS in a statement identified the passenger as Yusuf Taofeeq Olanrewaju who was suspected to be a money launderer with passport number A03758685.
It said Taofeeq was arrested while trying to board an Emirates flight number EK782 to Hong Kong via Dubai through the E wing of the Lagos airport.
The passenger and the said amount have been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for further investigation it said.
The public relations office of the Nigeria Customs Service at the Airport Command Office, Mrs Thelma Williams, said though the passenger declared the said amount on the prescribed forms CDF1A and CDF1B, he could not explain satisfactorily the source of the money.
Williams explained that upon investigations, by Customs, the passenger was observed to be a frequent traveller. "Upon investigation, the passenger, Yusuf Taofeeq Olarewaju was noted as a frequent traveller with currency as follows: on April 27, 2012, $182,000, which he took to Hong Kong.