The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has arrested a 39-year-old South African lady, Nosisi Nqgula at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, for smuggling a whopping sum of $373,725 (N74.4million) and €2,120 (N450,000) concealed inside packs of oats, on arrival from Johannesburg.
This was contained in a contained in a statement released by the agency today. The statement revealed that the money was detected during an inward screening of passengers on a South African airline flight from Johannesburg. It further stated that two Nigerians are also being investigated by the anti-narcotic agency in connection with the case.
The statement reads: “The mode of concealment presents reasonable grounds for money laundering,” Mr. Umar said. “Five packs of oats were found to contain $373,725 and €2,120. Two Nigerians, Damian Akamelus and Prophet Cyprian Chigere are also being interrogated in connection with the seized money.”
Victoria Egbase, NDLEA Director of Assets and Financial Investigation, said the refusal of the South African to declare the money and the manner of concealment were criminal and that the case was being investigated to establish possible link with drug trafficking.
While being interrogated, the suspect, Ms Nqgula said; “I live in Johannesburg, South Africa,” Ms. Nqgula said in her statement. “I was given a bag by a Nigerian to deliver to one Damian Akamelu. During examination of my bags at the Lagos airport, the money was found inside packs of oats.”