Confusion As Security Agents Reportedly Seize Bales of Foreign Currencies at Kano Airport
Security operatives at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano state, have uncovered some huge bales of
currencies The currencies were discovered on Thursday, June 17, after an Ethiopian Airline offloaded the cargo and
however left the airport Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),
said the commission’s headquarters has not been briefed about the incident.
However, In what seems like a drama, operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) working at the Mallam Aminu
Kano International Airport (MAKIA) have uncovered huge bales stashed with foreign currencies brought in by an
Ethiopian Airline cargo. In addition, Daily Nigerian reports that security sources at the airport who spoke on condition
of anonymity said on Thursday, June 17, that the currencies, wrapped in three huge bales, were discovered after the
aircraft had offloaded the cargo and however, left at about 2 pm.
Security operatives hand over seized currencies to EFCC
The source also added that the officers on duty, comprising Aviation Security, (AVSEC), Customs, and SSS operatives
swiftly alerted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives who arrived at the scene and also
evacuated the currencies.
Therefore, the source reportedly said:
“We suddenly saw the arrival of heavily armed security personnel including police, Customs officers, EFCC officials, and
others. When they arrived, they cordoned off the area and started evacuating the bags of the money from the terminal.
“The EFCC operatives came with a money counting machine and started counting the cash from about 2 pm up to about
6 pm. The seizure is huge.”
The report, however, noted that the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, spoke that he was not aware about the incident,
saying that he would call the Kano office for confirmation.
By Cynthia N.