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Dubai-bound Nigerian nabbed with over 1 Billion Naira worth of Cash

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A Nigerian man has been arrested as he attempted to smuggle over 4.6million Euros (over N1billion) in cash to Dubai via Republic of Niger. The suspect was nabbed at the Diori Hamani International Airport.

Police in the Niger have stated that there has been a rise in attempted money smuggling from Nigeria via Niger since the inauguration of President Buhari in May 2015. There is speculation that former public officials are seeking ways to hide their cash due to impending corruption investigations. Officials in Niger stated that “billions have been seized so far…mainly in foreign currency such as Dollars and Euros”

While it is not illegal to travel with large amounts of cash, the majority of countries require the declaration of such sums upon exit and entry. This is done to curb the transfer of money sourced from illegal means such as arms trading, drug trafficking and corruption.

The news of the large cash haul is big news in Niger right now and an added dimension is that the authorities in Niger have refused to release the cash to Nigerian Customs officials.

11 Comments

  1. Euro-Naira

    September 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

    O my goodness!!! My heart stared racing when I saw the picture! I couldn’t catch my breath!

    See money ooo!!!

    & this is Euro! My currency!

    Why do people insist on committing these anus crimes! Why?

    You’re depriving hard working people! It’s not fair!

    I have NO PITY whatsoever for criminals. You committed the crime, YOU PAY THE CONSEQUENCES!

    • Ebun

      September 3, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      ‘Anus crimes ke’?! O ga o! Abi Na ‘heinous’ you mean? All this I must speak English by force people!

    • Soraya

      September 3, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      @Euro-Naira- calm down now- the picture is just an illustration!

  2. Onojerenan

    September 3, 2015 at 11:05 am

    The shouts or mere threats to nab all corrupt officers without action is getting too much thereby providing all the so-called corrupt officers enough time to run away with their loots or simply clean up all the loopholes. It is usual for Police to blow their siren when approaching a crime scene either to stop the thief/criminal for further action etc. This is not the same with apprehending biro thieves or simply put “corporate rogues” I still maintain that the absence of the Attorney General leaves a loophole in all these efforts. Ask any Lawyer.

  3. Euro-Naira

    September 3, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Well, at least President Buhari is doing one thing right.
    People are too scared to commit such absurd crimes in Nigeria.

    But why won’t the authorities in Niger release the money to Nigeria though?

    They better not divide it amongst themselves o!

    They should just send it back to the EU!

  4. Miss

    September 3, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Why Dubai? a few weeks ago, some criminals where caught at O.R Tambo int trying to smuggle about R78 million rands to Dubai.
    Why Dubai?

    • Darkness2Light

      September 3, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      BECAUSE DUBAI IS NOT FOR SMALL AND POOR PEOPLE. DUBAI CITY OF GOLD

  5. jay's girl

    September 3, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    why is the Nigerian name unknown hmmm if na common man now they will kill his image without a blink. Funny tho

  6. Onetallgirl

    September 3, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    I’m glad that they are catching the smugglers! But i hope they don’t release the money to the Nigerian customs officials cuz those will just chop it!

  7. edie

    September 3, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Can we know the name of the Nigerian and how he was able to pass through customs?

  8. adelegirl

    September 4, 2015 at 8:49 am

    The equivalent of N1 BILLION in CASH! Heuwww!!! What is one person doing with One Billion Cash? I am most certain the person that was caught is not the real owner but a courier. The real owner should be exposed and prosecuted because that is definitely not legit money!

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