Some individuals were yesterday arrested for allegedly swallowing $156,000 (approximately N 31,083,00.00) by some National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) operatives.
The six suspected money launderers, which include a Bureau De Change Operator were arrested at Excel oriental Hotel along Airport Road, Lagos. They were caught swallowing the large sums of money with the intention of exporting it to Brazil.
According to the Vanguard, NDLEA Commander, Joint Task Force (JTF) Adeniyi Muyiwa, told newsmen:
“Kingsley is suspected to have supplied $120,000 to be swallowed and illicitly exported to Brazil.
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.”
He released the names of the suspects as Nwokenta Kingsley, 37, a Bureau de change operator, also known as Buchito, Onwuasoanya Augustine Chukwuemeka, 54, who is based in Brazil, Christian Okoli Ifor, 35, based in Brazil, Nwokenta Emmanuel Maduakolam, 31, Ezenwa Ikenna, 28, a specialist in wrapping and Ezenwa Uzoma, 33, a hotel manager. An interim investigation report by the anti-narcotics agency revealed that Mr. Kingsley was the brain behind the suspected criminal act as he also allegedly supplied $120,000 to be exported to Brazil illegally.