A 39-year-old Congolese, Angela Mfundu, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for allegedly attempting to launder $240,000 fake dollars to Congo-Kinshasa.
The arrest was said to have been made at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, when the money was discovered hidden inside dictionaries.
NDLEA Lagos Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, said the seizure was made following reasonable suspicion on the consignment.
He said that Mfundu, a fashion designer, had brought a sewing machine and a bag containing clothes and five dictionaries for export to Congo.
Hamza said, “There was high suspicion on the consignment and in the process of searching, the dictionaries were found to contain 24 envelopes containing $10,000 each.”
A divorcee and mother of two, Mfundu said the dollars were given to her by her boyfriend.
She said, “I came to Nigeria in search of greener pastures in 2006. It was my boyfriend that gave me the dictionaries to send to Congo.”
Chairman of the NDLEA, Mr. Ahmadu Giade, described the discovery as a big boost for airport and border security in the country.
He said, “This remarkable seizure is a big boost for our airport and border security. At the end of preliminary investigation, the suspect will be transferred to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for further investigation and legal action.”