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EFCC recovers 35kgs of gold at Nigerian airport

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has intercepted gold worth about $692,000 (N211 million) being illegally transported through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

The Acting Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Tony Orilade, said in Abuja on Wednesday that the consignment was en route to Dubai.

“Following intelligence reports, the operatives on 9 November 2018 uncovered the gold weighing about 35kg just at the point of departure of a suspect currently in the EFCC’s custody,” he said.

He said that investigations were currently ongoing to unravel the accomplice behind the illegal movement of the item.

Meanwhile, the suspect is cooperating with the operatives. “It will be recalled that the EFCC also in March 2017, intercepted bags containing a total of N49 million cash being illegally transported out of the country through the Kaduna International Airport,” Orilade said.

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