The Federal High Court in Lagos has jailed two Nigerians, Ojukwu Nnamdi Roland and Ngene Linus Chibuike, for two years, following their failed attempt to smuggle $5, 424,270 USD out of the country.
The accused persons, who were arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, were convicted by Justice Ibrahim Buba.
A statement by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC’s) Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the convicts failed to declare the money to Customs officials
The statement said: “Rowland was arraigned by the EFCC on October 22, 2015, for being in possession of US$2,917,272 during his outbound clearance for a journey to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“Contrary to the law, Rowland did not declare the money to the Nigeria Customs Service and was arrested and arraigned before Justice Buba.
“Rowland pleaded not guilty to the one-count and the matter went to trial.
“Justice Buba found him guilty and sentenced him to two years’ imprisonment.
“He also ordered the convict to forfeit the $2,917,272 USD to the Federal Government.
Justice Buba ruled that the two years should take effect from February 9, 2016.
“Chibuike, on the other hand, was arraigned on October 22, 2015, for falsely declaring the US$11,500 he had in his possession during an outbound clearance for a journey to China en-route Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“Chibuike pleaded not guilty to the one-count r and the matter went to trial.
“Justice Buba found him guilty and sentenced him to two years’ imprisonment. He also ordered the convict to forfeit the $2,495, 498 not declared to Customs Officials to the Federal Government