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EFCC Arrests Jigawa State Governor’s Son at Airport with $50,000

In recent times, more and more Nigerians have been arrested trying to travel out of the country with large sums of money which exceed the legal amount for traveling.



Alh. (Dr.) Sule Lamido, Governor of Jigawa State

In recent times, more and more Nigerians have been arrested trying to travel out of the country with large sums of money which exceed the legal amount permitted for travellers.

Yesterday, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Aminu Lamido, son of the Jigawa state governor at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, for money laundering.

According to Channels TV, an undisclosed sum of $40,000 was found on him as he prepared to board an Egypt bound flight.

Sources close to the Commission told Channels TV that Lamido was flagged after he declared $10,000 in his possession to agents of the Nigerian customs at the airport. Further checks by the agents revealed that he had an additional $40,000 which he did not declare.

In September, a 24 year-old man, Abubakar Tijani Sheriff was arrested 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.

Abubakar’s arrest further exposed the rising rate of money laundering in Nigeria. Travellers leaving the country are statutorily required to declare cash in excess of $10,000. However, what makes this one even more interesting is the fact that the person arrested is the son of a state governor.

He is now being detained by the EFCC.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. mohammed zubairu

    December 13, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I am very ashamed of myself over this matter .but I pity his father bcos I never thought of this. very big sorry Governor Sule Lamido very sorry

  2. jyde

    December 13, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Na today?
    Bushman b4 u go charter jet.
    Dem don hold dis guy how many times ?
    nijah we hail thee.
    i close mouyh joor.

  3. barbz

    December 13, 2012 at 4:26 am

    do i feel sorry 4 him? nope, will he be released by tomorrow? yes.. smh… the kind of country we leave in where a young man ll be travelling with my school fees for 4years as pocket mony

  4. perry george

    December 13, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Why is it that most of our so cal governor are thief, there are so selfish wicked, they are full of all corruption, there is no fear Of God in them, may God deliver us from them

  5. bfy

    December 13, 2012 at 5:27 am

    God pls keep arresting them one by one….Stupid politicians! Poor people suffering everyday for just basic amenities….Shame on you all…

  6. Party

    December 13, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Mcheweeeeeee…so how much is $50,000? That’s how they ll leave big thief and start throwing shades on petty thieves

  7. Glam

    December 13, 2012 at 6:37 am

    One day bush meat go catch the hunter…But wait, let’s not hear tomorrow that it was a mix up…

  8. Tosin

    December 13, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I don’t like BellaNaija doing random news items about filthy occurrences. I don’t mind the highlights (major stuff) or the roundups (what happened this week, etc), but I don’t see how this relatively minor event is news worthy of a BN headline. Sahara Reporters or Premium Times, yes. But BN should be almost always fun, cheery, and positive. But I understand many people like it sha. Just adding my opinion.

    • jyde

      December 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Tosin what planet u dey live? I go send you special wi-fi edition of only fun,cheery happy merry make believe stories that will shield you from the real suffering nigerians endure due to the boring facts you want BN to not print.
      U neva see anytin.

  9. Olufunmi

    December 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Na wa *speechless*

  10. Benson

    December 13, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Riches intoxicate when you are not ready for it and mature to handle it.It is a matter of time that all our leaders and their family members that are stealing our money that are meant for development,very soon evil will visit them and their entire family,let them continue God is watching them.Stop misusing public fund meant for development and live on your salary,entitlement and other allowances that is attached to the office and God will bless you and your family instead of stealing,so many poor people on the street,the blind the leapers and the destitute on major road in most of Nigeria cities seeking for help.Govt need to rebuild their lives and stop using their family members and their cronies to launder our money abroad.

  11. DAN

    December 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

    young man where u dey go with my school fees for 4years and my children fees as pocket money

  12. loo

    December 13, 2012 at 10:03 am

    *news flash* they just caught 0.001% of politician’s family (father, wife 1, wife 2, children girlfriend, concubine, mistress, cousin etc…. that help this selfish, greedy, vain, egocentric, arm(power) robbers, thieves, crooks, corrupt leader to launder money.
    am sure its his first time that’s why he was caught and probably why he started with a small $50k

  13. toya

    December 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

    nigerians sha,wen will we learn? this is just sad.

  14. DAN

    December 13, 2012 at 10:33 am


  15. Pinkfunky

    December 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

    The first paragraph is very confusing, thousands of people travel with huge amounts of money which they can carry in form of credit or debit cards. However, when travelling with such an amount of cash can generate interest from relevant authorities especially been the son of a governor.

  16. kenora

    December 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

    God help my country,nigeria dramers will never end bcos of the bad leaders we have,big shame.

  17. Esther

    December 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

    after detention, interrogation. what next. waka pass

  18. Gbemmy

    December 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    They should use the money to settle okonjo’ mother ‘s kidnappers

  19. aby

    December 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm


  20. Ajoke

    December 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm


  21. jack Don

    December 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    This country is suck!…. How should they be embarrassing the young man because of just ($ 50,000) which is equivalent of N7.5 Million only. Can’t a youth go outside the country and buy a car that worth upto N10,Million?. Enough freedom is really needed in this country regards to the financial limit for boding outside the country. They should go after those big Belle politicians that embezzling our billions of Naira alone, not going after this token money that didn’t worth the amount of new cars they are driving. Not to talk of their private Jets and the mansions they are building everywhere that worth millions of dollars!…….. I suggest that they should leave the young man alone, and realize that he is a rich man child, u can’t compare his class and the level of his expenses with poor man or moderate mans child,consider that he will still lodge in a comfortable hotel that could worth $300-400 a night there in Egypt, not adding his executive feedings and flexing over their. his wealthy background status and class has placed him higher than the poor/moderate man children expense.

  22. Pulitzer-Grady

    December 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm


  23. kome

    December 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

    wat a shame God will continue 2 purnish nd expose dem 1 after d other.thiefs a saying gose lik dis a lion dose not beget a got so lik father lik son.practice made perfect mybe wen he becomes governor he’ll d whole nigeria

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