Daily Trust (Abuja)

7 February 2012

Nigeria: 'ABCON Members Not Robbed in Airport Incident'

Lagos — The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria has said that none of its members was robbed at the Lagos international airport last week.

It was said that money changers at the airport were robbed of $600,000 in a robbery incident that took place at the airport car park.

But the president of the association, Emmanuel Balogun denied the involvement of his members in the incident.

He said: "While we express sympathy for those robbed during the incident, I like to state categorically that none of our members was involved. Our members by regulation operate only from their offices which are inspected by the association and the Central Bank of Nigeria before they are licensed.

"Because of this, it is illegal for our members to operate from anywhere different from the approved offices and I can categorically tell you that ABCON members at the international airport operate from their offices which are located within the building of the airport."

As a result of the robbery incidence, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has asked all Bureau de Change operators at the nation's airports to leave.

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