Man Allegedly Swallows $115,000 At Airport

A young man identified as Onwuasonya Augustine was charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly swallowing $115,000 to avoid declaring it to officials of the Nigeria Customs Service at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

EFCC officials

According to The Punch, Augustine was on Tuesday, December 8, arraigned before Justice C.J. Aneke of a Federal High Court in Lagos, for four counts the offence of money laundering along with five others.

The commission listed his alleged accomplices as Christian Okoli, Kingsley Nwokenta, Nwokenta Emmanuel, Ezenwa Ikenna and Ezenwa Uzoma, the six were charged with four counts.

Ayokunle Fayanju, the EFCC prosecutor, alleged that Onwuasonya and the others committed the offence on August 25, 2015, adding that they were apprehended at Room 303 of a five-star hotel in Lagos.

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The sixth accused, Uzoma, was singularly charged with the offence of obstructing an NDLEA official, Bello Tsanya, in the discharge of his duty, which, according to Fayanju, is against the provisions of Section 22 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012).

But when the charges were read to the six accused in court, they all pleaded not guilty.

Victor Opara, the counsel for the 1st to 5th accused, told the court that he had filed bail applications on their behalf and sought short adjournment for the hearing of the applications.

The case was adjourned till Friday, December 11, to take the bail applications of the accused by Justice Aneke who ordered their remand at the Ikoyi Prison.

Meanwhile, investigators with the anti graft agency have detected a line of payment made to companies linked with Nduka Obaigbena, owner of Arise TV and Thisday publisher, in relation to the ongoing investigations into how the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) shared funds meant for fighting Boko Haram.

The investigators said Obaigbena received at least N650m from Dasuki for questionable transactions.

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