Lagos - A man has been arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos after found in possession of more than 400 travellers cheques.
Operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested the suspect, Jonathan Odu Isikwei (51), during the outward clearance of passengers on a Belgium- bound flight.
The 448 travellers’ Cheques recovered from Isikwei were discovered to purportedly belong to four banks in America, Europe and Canada. The Banks and the traveller’s Cheques are: Gun Nebo Inc. (Bank of Nova Scotia)-117 pieces, Postbank Frankfurt -258 pieces, Safe Federal Credit Union -41 pieces and RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) -32 pieces.
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All the travellers’ cheques were signed, with some having monetary value written on them.
Among the Cheques belonging to Safe Federal Credit Union, 27 pieces were blank while 14 pieces of the Cheques have monetary value worth US$322 800.
Twenty Seven pieces of the travellers’ cheques belonging to Gun Nebo Canada Inc. were blank while 90 pieces of the cheques have monetary value worth 354 300 Canadian Dollars.
The suspect, who claims he exports dried fish from Nigeria to Belgium, told investigators that he collected the parcel for onward delivery to a friend without any knowledge of the content.
The case has been transferred to the EFCC for further investigation.
- CAJ News