The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday night discovered the sum of N49 million, at the Kaduna International Airport with the owner yet to be identified.
Ibrahim Bappa, the Kaduna zonal head of the EFCC, while addressing journalists on Tuesday in Kaduna, said the money was stashed in five large 150 kilogramme coloured sacks ,following an intelligence report received by the zone.
The owner of the bags reportedly fled when the EFCC operatives, on a tip-off, arrived the airport.
He said investigation is still ongoing to find the owner of the money and discover if it is a proceed from crime. The money has been handed over to the Central Bank of Nigeria for onward transfer to EFCC recovery account.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Kaduna Zonal Office on the 13th of March, 2017 intercepted an undeclared sum of N49 million in five large black 150kg coloured sack following an intelligence report received by the zone.
“The report, which was made at about 8:00pm stated that during the routine baggage screening of supposed checked in baggage, five sacks were sighted unattended to and without tags containing fresh bulk items suspected to be money, from the aroma perceived from the sack.
“The owner of the money later showed up but couldn’t state the exact money in the sack or present any document authenticating the genesis of the monies.
“However, his inability to give any concrete explanation made him become uncomfortable and he disappeared into thin air before the arrival of the EFCC operatives according to our source of information.
“They found out that the suspect had fled the airport vicinity leaving the sack behind and upon careful scrutiny of the contents of the sacks, it was discovered that the sacks contained fresh crispy naira notes N200 denomination in 200 bundles totaling N40 million and N50 denomination in 180 bundles totaling N9 million all sealed purportedly emanating from the Nigerian Security and Minting Plc (NSPM) as seen in the labeled sealed packs.
“There is no arrest yet but investigation is ongoing with a view to identify the owner and apprehend all those behind the crime,” Ibrahim Bappa said.