EFCC Arrests 24 Year-Old Currency Courier Trying to Smuggle N1.1billion Cash out of Nigeria

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 24 year-old Nigerian, Abubakar Tijani Sheriff for attempting to travel with the sum of $7 million (N1, 120,000billion).

He was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International airport, Lagos as he was trying to travel to Dubai aboard a United Arab Emirates flight on Thursday.

After his arrest, he said that he had a total sum of $4.5million. But when he was thouroughly searched, he was found to have $7,049,444 on him.

He later confessed that he was a courier for 20 individuals who hired him to take the money for them to Dubai. Authorities said that the money was proceeds from illegal deals and he is a suspected money laundering courier. He has already mentioned 20 prominent Nigerians who are the owners of the money.

The EFCC in a statement released by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren to Sahara Reporters yesterday said that “Investigations by the EFCC showed that Sheriff is a regular traveller and one of several couriers of illegal cash suspected to be proceeds of crime.”

“Travellers leaving the country are statutorily required to declare cash in excess of $10,000. However, under the provisions of the Money Laundering Act, it is not sufficient to declare excess cash; the onus is on the person making the declaration to explain the source of the excess cash and the reason for the export.”

He is now being detained at the EFCC’s holding facility in Lagos pending his arraignment in court.

Photo Credit: Sahara Reporters

34 Comments on EFCC Arrests 24 Year-Old Currency Courier Trying to Smuggle N1.1billion Cash out of Nigeria
  • linsey September 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

    wonders shall never end…

  • i no send September 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

    you’ve got to be kidding me….what am i saying sef?? the cash may still “vanish”like iboris $15m bribe money…tufiakwa…

  • k September 29, 2012 at 9:34 am

    ashiri don tu.sharply the so called wd deny him…4 smbdy carryn dat amount of money,he wasn’t smart enuff.

  • ussyman September 29, 2012 at 9:41 am

    End of the story. Don’t expect to hear anything on this again!

  • kingskaka September 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

    pls, we will like to know those 20 people that owned the money.

  • onyx September 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

    ‘Mentioned 20 prominent nigerians who are owners of the money’. Ok na let’s watch and see how quickly they sweep this ‘issue’ away. 9ja’s just a sick joke.

  • Uju September 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

    The problem isntbabout catching the courier and having him mention the names of those he helps “export” money.but would those so called prominent men be brought to book?wouldnthey be made to face charges?I guess it’s just going to be buried like every other unheAlthy happenings.no matter how far they run,karma would surely catch up with them.

    • Damola September 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      And what have they done?

      • mamsss September 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

        Money Laundering? Illegal transportation of money and more times than likely tax evasion, failure to declare

  • Collosus September 29, 2012 at 11:02 am


  • signature September 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

    lol! see as eyes dey pain me sef, this kind amount dey hard to read!
    …the level of theft in this country is something else!
    i’m sure ojukokoro will not allow dem to take appropriate actions, everybody will cut their share and sweep the case away.

  • merciful September 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Jesus… All dat money!

  • Partyrider September 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Wow oh wow..just wow.

  • timma September 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Speechless!!!!The Prominent Nigerians named Shoul be brought to book

  • nich September 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Nigeria is a failed state……after the news what else……..Sahara reporters have not given up on Nigeria and they have been exposing a lot….like usual…..Nigeria breeds corruption and nothing is done..

  • feyi A September 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    i will start taking EFCC serious when they stop going after petite thieves. this boy na petite thief compared to wetin those politicians dey steal ibori na pikin sef too

    • rew September 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      …”petite thief” though..really??

      • feyi A September 30, 2012 at 10:32 am

        come flog me now

      • feyi A September 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

        wait first na my gbagun make you comment for this article so?? you no get stand for the matter abi you don yarn with another id?? really????

  • Olaomo Ojutalayo September 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    God help us

  • Wahl September 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    The monkey should have chartered an aircraft. Brainless dude.

  • Rex September 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    That is d end of d MATTER

  • Nk September 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Why they keep stealing money from their mother land to enrich other countries is beyond me!!!!!! Smh!!

  • lorenz September 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    all of una just dey criticise. if dem a say make u come carry that kind money, shey u no go do am. if u know u wont, lemme see ur hands

  • Amber September 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Naija my bootiful naija,always full of ideas…

  • anonymous richkid September 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    the guy is silly. i av carried more than that in cash&nothing happening. peeps most times its not illegal money.

    • Blessmyheart October 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      But it is still money laundering which is a crime. some people sha

  • anonymous richkid September 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm


  • Speak easy! September 30, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Money laundering. Wonder which politician he was helping to ferry the cash abroad.


  • oyedeji September 30, 2012 at 7:30 am

    I pray they reveal the owners & prosecute them but I no its not possible cus this is Nigeria

  • yomi September 30, 2012 at 9:57 am

    @richkid, if u carry dat amount to any european/north american country thats money laundry and it does not have to be legal. its an international law to declare ant excess above 10k dollars and its only in a corrupt nation u declare such and walk out of the airport. dats y he is going to dubai. and peeps, the guy was not stupid, something he as been doing with d backings of big naija men, he does not even need to hide it. he just traveled on the wrong day maybe when their stubborn born-again oga refused to go home or came to office early and insisted to search himself

  • Taiye October 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

    This money should be confiscated and used for the ripair of lagos -ibadan express road …gbam!

  • cathy October 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    kai!!! i dey here dey find only 1million bucks

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