NDLEA apprehends 6 for swallowing $156,000 for export to Brazil
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has apprehended a Bureau De Change operator and five other suspected money launderers for swallowing $156,000 (N31, 083, 000.00) at Excel Oriental Hotel along Airport Road, Lagos.
The NDLEA operatives swooped on the six suspects while they were busy swallowing the large sums of money with the intention of exporting $156,000 to Brazil for suspected drug import.
Before, what was common and in deed time-worn, was the case of suspects swallowing wrapped drugs with a view to defecating it at their destination points.
The chairman of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, while speaking on the arrest, said that the agency would track down suspected drug traffickers and currency launderers in a bid to rid the society of crimes.
According to him, operators of bureau de change who fail to work within the confines of the law establishing them shall be severely sanctioned.
NDLEA Commander, Joint Task Force, JTF, Mr. Adeniyi Muyiwa, gave the names of the suspects as Nwokenta Kingsley, 37, a Bureau de change operator, also known as Buchito; Onwuasoanya Augustine Chukwuemeka, 54, who lives in Brazil and Christian Okoli Ifor, 35, based in Brazil; Nwokenta Emmanuel Maduakolam, 31; Ezenwa Ikenna, 28, a specialist in wrapping; and Ezenwa Uzoma, a 33-year-old hotel manager.
According to the an interim investigation report by the anti-narcotics agency revealed that Mr. Nwokenta Kingsley, a.k.a Buchito was the brain behind the suspected criminal act.
According to the JTF commander, Mr. Kingsley allegedly supplied $120,000 to be swallowed and illicitly exported to Brazil.
“Onwuasoanya Augustine Chukwuemeka swallowed 74 wraps of dollars amounting to one hundred and eleven thousand ($111,000),” he said.
“Christian Okoli Ifor who resides in Brazil had forty-five thousand dollars which he wanted to swallow. Nwokenta Emmanuel who is the manager of Amazon Bureau de Change played a supportive role in the alleged crime. Ezenwa Ikenna was hired to wrap the money.”
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