The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has seized fake $10, 000 from a 41-year-old man.
The fake currency is said to have been handed over to the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command of the NCS disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Juliana Tomo, revealed that a 41-year-old suspect, Ifeanachor Ugbor, was in custody in relation to the seizure.
“Considering Section 15 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) Act No 11, 2011 and Act No 1, 2012, which entails the money laundering offences, a passenger contravened a part of this section within our jurisdiction.
“This passenger, Ifeanacho Ugbor, is a 41-year-old Nigerian from Enugu State with a valid Nigerian Standard Passport No. B00033052 who was scheduled to travel from Murtala Muhammad International Airport with the Ethiopian Airline (flight ET900) to Brazil on Friday 10th November 2023 was suspected to have contravened the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of Nigeria,” she said.
“The suspect, having declared the sum of $10,000 on our currency declaration form, our officers took a step further to examine the currency in line with section 66 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023, and the officers discovered that the sum of $10,000 was all counterfeit,” she added.
It was further confirmed that the suspect has been detained for further investigations.