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NDLEA uncovers N1.1b counterfeit travellers cheques at MMIA Lagos

By Bertram Nwannekanma
02 May 2022   |   4:12 am
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted travellers cheques in different foreign currencies with a total value of N1.1b at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja. Lagos.

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted travellers cheques in different foreign currencies with a total value of N1.1b at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja. Lagos.
    
The operatives also arrested a suspect, Oguma Richard Uchenna , in connection to attempt to export the cheques, which were neatly concealed inside four bound hard cover books disguised as academic project literatures, to the United Kingdom (UK).
   
Spokesperson for the agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement yesterday, said the financial instruments suspected to be counterfeits were discovered on Wednesday, April 27, at Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO) export shed of the Lagos airport, during cargo examination of some consignments meant for exportation to the UK on a cargo flight.
     


A breakdown of the cheques, he said, shows they have monetary values of $287, 623.31; $1,456,300 1,297, 800 Euros.
     
In the same vein, operatives of NDLEA at the airport have foiled an attempt by drug traffickers to smuggle into Nigeria 10.89kilogrammes of cocaine through a Qatar Airways flight.  
   
The illicit drug was hidden in seven children’s duvets packed in an unaccompanied bag from Brazil.
 
Meanwhile, raid operations in Kaduna, Ondo and Akwa Ibom state have led to the seizure of about 2,000kg of tramadol, codeine, cannabis and heroin.
   
In Ondo State, 401kg of cannabis was recovered and two suspects; Julius Dapo, 56 and Emeka Ikebuaku, 32, were arrested at Ipele forest in Owo area on Sunday, April. 24.
   
On the same day, a transborder drug trafficker, Chigbo Chinonye, 42, was arrested with amphetamine weighing 2.5kg and heroin weighing 0.5kg during a stop and search operation conducted along Oron- Ibaka road on his way to Cameroon.
     
Babafemi said the suspect concealed the drugs using false bottom packaging.
   
 
In Kaduna, a total of 47 cartons of suspected fake tramadol, comprising 2,350,000 tablets, weighing 1222kg were seized in Zaria on Monday, April 25, while a dealer, Chinedu Asogwa was arrested the following day, April 26, along Abuja-Kaduna Express road, with 2919 bottles of cough syrup with codeine, measuring 291.9 litres and a gross weight of 396kg.

MEANWHILE, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), has commended officers and men of the MMIA, Ondo, Akwa Ibom and Kaduna Commands of the agency for the seizures and arrests in the past week.
     
He charged them and their compatriots across the country to remain steadfast and vigilant in their areas of responsibility.

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