A cleaner, Mr Tijani Owolabi has been nabbed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos over possession of a sum to the tune of $271,135 (about N53m).
The cleaner was arrested by security operatives attached to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria while attempting to carry the lump sum of cash through the screening point.
FAAN in a statement by its Deputy General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Onyekwere Nnaekpe, maintained that some of the foreign currency was found on Owolabi while the rest was recovered from the sanitary bucket he was holding while trying to pass through screening machine.
He explained that FAAN suspected that the cleaner was conveying the currency to an accomplice at the airside of the airport.
The statement reads: “Aviation security personnel of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria today September 3, 2015 prevented the trafficking of a total sum of 271,135 American dollars through the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja.
“The sum was found on a worker with one of the cleaning contractors at the airport, Mr. Tijani Owolabi, during a pat down at one of the screening points at ”˜D’ Finger of the international terminal.
“The airport cleaner who was suspected to be conveying the foreign currency to an accomplice at the sterile area of the terminal, was immediately apprehended by aviation security staff on duty and handed over to the appropriate security agencies at the airport for further investigation.”