Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: 'Customs, Not EFCC Arrested Dubai-Bound Traveller With N34 Million Gold'

The Dubai-bound traveller Abdulrasheed Ibrahim found with $188.058 was arrested by the FCT Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) not the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), according to documents seen by Weekly Trust last night.

Media reports had said the EFCC arrested Ibrahim on Wednesday, November 7 as he prepared to board a Dubai bound Ethiopian Airline.

But an incident report prepared by the FCT Area Command of the Nigerian Customs Service reads: "On Wednesday, the 7 of November, 2012, at about 1200hrs, a passenger by name Abdulrasheed Ibrahim with passport No. A03758679 travelling to Dubai made a declaration of Forty Five thousand US Dollars [$45, 000] at the currency desk of the International Airport, Abuja.

"On further interrogation and searching on him, it was discovered in his pockets and body a concealment of One Hundred and Eighty Eight thousand USD [$188.058 USD] and One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ten Dirham [DHS 1,710].

The attention of the O/C in charge of Customs at the baggage was called by the Customs Officers and the CIU officer that were present. The O/C instructed that the Dollars and Dirham to be detained and he immediately inform the Customs Area Comptroller FCT Command.

"At about 1700hrs, the Customs Area Comptroller FCT Command instructed the defendant together with the currency be handed over to one Mr. Ibrahim Gazali an official of the EFCC for further investigation."

The Comptroller FCT Area Command, Haruna Mahmud, speaking through the PRP of the command, Superintendent of Customs Bali M. M., confirmed to Weekly Trust that Abdulrasheed Ibrahim was arrested by his men before he was handed over to the EFCC.

The EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren could not be reached for comments last night.

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