NDLEA arrests 6 for swallowing $156,000

Operatives of the of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday arrested a Bureau De Change operator and five other suspected money laundering syndicate for swallowing $156,000 (N31, 083, 000.00) at Excel Oriental Hotel along Airport Road, Lagos.

The six suspects were arrested in the hotel while they were busy swallowing the large sums of money with the intention of exporting $156,000 to Brazil.

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Speaking on the arrest, the chairman of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said the six suspected members of the group, including a Bureau de Change operator, had been apprehended in connection with swallowing $156,000.

Alhaji Giade further pointed out that the agency would track down suspected drug traffickers and currency launderers in a bid to rid the society of crimes.

According to him, operators of bureau de change who fail to work within the confines of the law establishing them shall be severely sanctioned.

Meanwhile, NDLEA Commander, Joint Task Force, JTF, Mr. Adeniyi Muyiwa, gave the names of the suspects as Nwokenta Kingsley, 37, a Bureau de change operator, also known as Buchito; Onwuasoanya Augustine Chukwuemeka, 54, who lives in Brazil and Christian Okoli Ifor, 35, based in Brazil.

Others are Nwokenta Emmanuel Maduakolam, 31; Ezenwa Ikenna, 28, a specialist in wrapping; and Ezenwa Uzoma, a 33-year-old hotel manager.

He stressed that an interim investigation report by the anti-narcotics agency revealed that Mr. Nwokenta Kingsley, a.k.a Buchito was the brain behind the suspected criminal act.

According to Mr. Muyiwa, Mr. Kingsley allegedly supplied $120,000 to be swallowed and illicitly exported to Brazil.

He said: “Onwuasoanya Augustine Chukwuemeka swallowed 74 wraps of dollars amounting to one hundred and eleven thousand ($111,000). Christian Okoli Ifor who resides in Brazil had forty-five thousand dollars which he wanted to swallow. Nwokenta Emmanuel who is the manager of Amazon Bureau de Change played a supportive role in the alleged crime. Ezenwa Ikenna was hired to wrap the money.

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19 Comments

  1. The guys should not have swallowed money intended for export to another country , when there is no ban on export of money for business , so far they could substantiate that the money is legally earned. And on the ground of this last statement , the court will free them .

  2. before i think say i be strong guy, but i don see guys wey strong pass me. cocaine wey dem dey chop don finish, now na money dem dey chop. one day dem go begin dey chop human being. no wonder bible said: “the love of money is the root of all evil.” they don’t even care about the side-effect. they seem to love money more than their lives.

  3. at end of this write up i expected the NDLEA to hand this people over to EFCC because it is duty of EFCC to arrest money Laundering not NDLEA. but since nigeria is a country where even non of the government officials know is duty thats why NDLEA will keep this people into their custody.

  4. If I asked Igbo man in my place to leave for south,he cries on kidnapn,rapn,robbery,Juju acts n hungry enclosed his region,but imagine ds factory boys wit rubbish mouth insultn north.

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