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Security agents arrest 8 illegal forex

11 April 2013, 10:30

Ikeja - Security operatives at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) in Lagos on Wednesday arrested eight suspected illegal Bureau de Change operators around the international terminal.

Mr Victor Arisa, the Deputy General Manager, Public Relations of the International terminal, confirmed this to aviation correspondents in Ikeja.

According to him, the arrest is part of efforts by the airport management to rid it of the menace.

He said that the suspects were arrested between April 2 and 8, saying that they had since been handed over to the airport police command for prosecution.

"In our continued effort at MMA to rid the airport of illegal bureau de change operators, on the 2nd of April, we arrested two people (names with held).

"After preliminary investigations, both of them were handed over to the police for further interrogation and prosecution.

"On the 4th of April, our security operatives arrested four others while on the 8th of April, the operatives also arrested two others," he said.

Arisa said that the management had handed various sums recovered from the suspects to the police.

He further said that the move to rid the airport of illegal operators would be sustained because of the criminal elements they attract to the airport.

On March 12, there was a robbery at the international wing of the airport that claimed the lives of three people.

The management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) beefed up security in an effort to rid the airport of miscreants.


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