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Court Jails Two For Cash Smuggling

Channels Television  
Updated February 9, 2016

CourtTwo Nigerians have been convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment respectively by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

The convicts, Ojukwu Roland and Ngene Chibuike, were arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria while attempting to smuggle $5,424,270 out of the country.

Rowland was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on October 22, 2015 for being in possession of cash in the sum of $2,917,272 during his outbound clearance for a journey to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Contrary to the requirements of the law, Rowland did not declare the money to officials of the Nigeria Customs Service and was subsequently arrested and arraigned before Justice Buba.

He pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge preferred against him and the matter went into full trial.

Justice Buba found him guilty and sentenced him to two years imprisonment, ordering that the convict should forfeit the entire sum of $2,917,272 to the Federal Government.

Justice Buba said that the convict did not do the right thing by failing to declare the money to Customs officials.

He ruled that the two-year imprisonment should take effect from February 9.

Chibuike, on the other hand, was arraigned on October 22, 2015 for falsely declaring the sum of $11,500 out of the sum of $2,506,998 he had in his possession during an outbound clearance for a journey to China en-route Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He also pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge raised against him and the matter went into full trial.

Justice Buba found him guilty and sentenced him to two years imprisonment, ruling that the convict should forfeit the sum of $2,495, 498 not declared to the Customs officials to the Federal government.

He ruled that the two-year imprisonment should take effect from February 9.












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