By Charles Nwabardi
Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, working at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano on Thursday, uncovered huge bags stuffed with foreign currencies brought in by an Ethiopian Airline cargo plane.
Security sources at the airport who pleaded anonymity told SECURITY REPORTERS.com that the currencies, wrapped in three huge bales, were discovered after the aircraft had offloaded the cargo and left at about 2 pm.
A source added that the officers on duty, comprising Aviation Security, AVSEC, Customs and DSS operatives swiftly alerted the EFCC operatives who arrived at the scene and evacuated the currencies.
Some who spoke on the incident said: “We suddenly saw the arrival of heavily armed security personnel including police, Customs officers, EFCC officials and others.
“When they arrived, they cordoned off the area and started evacuating the bags of the money from the terminal”.
It was gathered that EFCC operatives came with a money counting machine and counted the cash from about 2 pm up to about 6 pm. The seizure is huge,” said the source.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said he was not briefed about the incident, but that he would call the Kano office for confirmation.