The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Kaduna/Katsina Area Command, last Friday said that it arrested three Nigeriens for alleged money laundering amounting to N15.2 million.
Parading the suspects before journalists in Katsina, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Umar Yusuf, said that they were intercepted at Makera check point, Jibiya border on January 6, 2013.
He said that the suspects travelled across the border with the amount, without declaring it to the Customs, contrary to part 1, section 2 (3) of Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.
The said that the cash was allegedly hidden under the seats of the suspects’ Honda Accord car with registration number ABJ 602 AE.
“The command, which is acting on the money laundering act and the Nigeria Customs Headquarters Circular no. 029/2012 of September 2012, arrested these suspects. The circular authorises officers of the service to be vigilant and intercept persons involved in movement of bulk cash,” he said.
Investigation, according to him, was ongoing to ascertain and know the depth of involvement and occupational identities of the suspects.
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