Customs Intercepts $8.6m in Lagos Airport and N10.26b worth of Pangolin Scales


 Nigeria Customs Service intercepted a sum of 8.6 Million dollars in Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali announced this on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

The $8.6m which is equivalent to three billion, one hundred and twenty-six million, one hundred thousand when converted to Naira, was intercepted in a car while it was about to be loaded into an aircraft.

The cash was stashed inside a vehicle belonging to the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO).

The driver of the vehicle and a staff of NAHCO has been arrested in connection with the alleged money laundering.

“From the day we seized this money, no bank has come to claim ownership. But our investigation will reveal the mystery behind the owners,” Ali said.


Also, the Comptroller General announced that the Customs Service intercepted smuggled Pangolin scales valued at N10.26 billion.

The Pangolin scales were intercepted along the Isheri axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Ali noted that Pangolin was a highly endangered species and international law prohibited its trade in any form.

According to him, the price of the scales, which goes for $3000 per kilo, was the reason it was irresistible to smugglers.

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