The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Enugu has intercepted $2.8m (N1.02bn) from alleged money launderers at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The suspects, namely Ighoh Augustine and Ezekwe Emmanuel, allegedly working for a firm, Bankers Warehouse, were arrested based on intelligence report.
The EFCC said upon their arrests, they were caught with consignments of two suitcases containing $1.4m each, totaling $2.8m, at the departure lounge of the airport while about to board an Arik Air evening flight to Lagos.
During interrogation with the police, the suspects confessed that they have been in the business of transporting cash for “some notable banks” for over six years and were in the process of doing same for a bank (name withheld), located at New Market, Onitsha, Anambra State, when they were caught.
The suspects further added that this is the fourth time this year they are carrying out such assignments.
They have given useful information to operatives of the Commission, and will be charged to court soon, the EFCC spokesman, Mr. Tony Orilade, said.
The EFCC had, last month, arrested one Abbas Lakis, a Lebanese, with assorted foreign currencies valued at a combined N940m at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, following intelligence report that he was conveying undeclared huge sums of money aboard the Egypt Airline bringing him from the Kano Airport en route Lebanon.