Ksh4.5 billion seized in a Nigerian woman’s house

KSH4.5 BILLION SEIZED IN NIGERIA [PHOTO|COURTESY]

More than $43.4m (Ksh4.4 billion) was on Thursday, April 12 seized from a flat in Lagos city in Nigeria, reports the BBC.

Officials of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), raided the flat after a tip-off about a “haggard-looking” woman in “dirty clothes” taking bags in and out of it, added the BBC.

No arrests have been made thus far. The money was believed to be from unlawful activity, says the EFCC.

This is the latest in a series of raids which uncovered bundles of cash in Nigeria.

In March, 2017 the agency said it had found “crispy” banknotes worth $155,000 (Ksh16 million) at the airport in northern Kaduna city.

Apart from US notes worth $43.4m, investigators found nearly £27,800 (Ksh3.6 million) and some 23m naira (Ksh7.8 million) at the four-bedroom flat in Lagos’s affluent Ikoyi area, the EFCC said in a statement.

The “neatly arranged” cash was stashed in “sealed wrappers” in wardrobes and cabinets in the seventh-floor flat, the EFCC added.

Guards told investigators that no-one lived in the flat, but a source reported that a “woman usually appeared on different occasions with Ghana Must Go bags”, the EFCC said.

“She comes looking haggard, with dirty clothes but her skin didn’t quite match her outward appearance, perhaps a disguise,” a source said, as quoted by the BBC.

 

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