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Photo: Nigerian Businessman Caught With 96,000 US Dollars At Enugu Airport Jailed

man caught with 96000 dollars jailed

June 16, 2016 – Picture: Nigerian Business Man Caught With 96,000 US Dollars At Enugu Airport Jailed For Money Laundering

The Enugu Federal High today sentenced one Samuel Duru to six months imprisonment for failing to declare 96,000 dollars at the airport.

It also ordered the forfeiture of the undeclared amount to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The counsel to the anti-graft agency, Mr Michael Oni, told court that Duru was arrested in December 2015 at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu as he was to board a flight to China.

Oni said that the accused had declared to the airport officials that he had only 10,000 dollars with him but upon a search, 96,000 dollars was found on him which prompted them to invite the EFCC.

He said that the accused person was later charged to court for money laundering and false declaration of his cash.

Duru pleaded guilty to both charges.

The defence counsel, Mr Ikuka Kennedy, appealed to the court to tamper justice with mercy as his client had pleaded guilty to the offences.

“My client is a businessman at Ariariah International Market, Aba and his business is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

“He is a genuine businessman as well as a first-time offender,” he said.

Ruling on the matter, Justice M.N. Yunusa said that under the Criminal Administration of Justice Act, he was not under compulsion to make use of the plea bargain option as the evidence produced by the prosecution counsel was sufficient to convict the accused.

He sentenced the accused to six months imprisonment running from the day of his arrest and to the forfeiture of the balance he failed to declare to the EFCC.



  1. Gerald Stephen

    June 16, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Was he caught with drugs or just traveling for a business trip with mere USD96k?

  2. Asiwaju Olu Mayungbe

    June 16, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Mr. Duru must have been sponsored by unscrupulous self centered politician thieves for money laundering.As a genuine businessman who sweat for his money, he needed not to have lied to the airport agency. His statement is frivolous and very callous. He should forced to voice out those who sponsored him for a lesser sentence.

  3. Nikyv

    June 17, 2016 at 2:36 AM

    Stupid arrest, you guys should look for work elsewhere. The politicians that lookted millions in cash what happened to them? Mere $96thsand that cannot even buy anything, you jailed him. His money will now be distributed among you people. Oleees.

  4. Mon

    June 17, 2016 at 3:51 AM

    How many Politicians have you people Jailed?.

    If you people are implementing Law and Order as it should be, Nigeria would have be a better place by now.

    For the young man, ignorance is never an excuse but if they have investigated and found out that the money is not from any politician, i mean not use as money mule,second chance can be.

  5. D Hunter

    June 17, 2016 at 4:39 AM

    I tire for this kind arrest sha. Na im be say if one day dem see me dey cruise Ferarri now, dem go arrest me make I come explain how I take get am?
    Yeye dey smell.

    I don waka go…

  6. fifelomo

    June 17, 2016 at 5:19 AM

    Why arrest the businessman? He was not caught with drug!

  7. Metu Nyetu

    June 17, 2016 at 6:21 AM

    $96K is not mere o @Nikyv. Are you from Russia?

    It is against the international law to travel with that amount of money in cash. That was why he failed to declare it. That man is not genuine, or he would have simply domiciled that huge amount in a bank and used it soon as he touched down on China. This is a pure money laundering case.

    • iron bar

      June 18, 2016 at 12:29 AM

      But politicians and their acolytes can scale through withmillions .it’s a hard earned money which is put towards a business trip.forfeiture of the largemoney and six months is too much.

  8. sola olaniyi

    June 17, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    where did he get that can of money from in this hard times

  9. Big Aunty Koks

    June 17, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Rather than condemn the arrest, I suggest that any body traveling out of the country should find out the position of the law on items you carry, including cash. Learn from this incident and avoid possible embarrassment to yourself.
    Moreover, in recent times we heard dollar was one to four hundred Naira. If you multiply 96,000 by’ll see how much equivalent amount in Naira the man carried in cash. Just be objective please.

  10. Bokem

    June 17, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    your bad luck bru, sorry but hei trust me this is the begining of your sucess and breakthrough believe it or not

  11. josephine

    June 17, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    the man u guys arrested is a business man.why ???????????????????????,how much is 96000usd. what do u people know about business. u think travelling to china is with N500000…he need such amount in order to cover up his flirt ticket,shipping and clearing at the port…wont he make profit again…pls for God sake release the innocent man..and refund him his usd96000…that is sweat before God discerned his anger on u people…if u people need looters u know where to get them and u know them….leave an innocent man alone

  12. Maryf

    June 17, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    What was his crime in this case? That he didn’t say the exact amount with him for security reasons was just the reason for the arrest and 6months jail. This country tire me so much.

  13. efcc are thieves

    June 17, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    If the money is genuine, leave the matter to Jesus christ, however if its dagbo,then bro you Don bless efcc be that.I Wan work for either customs,ndlea,or efcc dose guys qre smiling with luxury houses and cars with a big ass bank account in cash.

  14. Metu Nyetu

    June 18, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    Wow! Wow! Wow!@Iron Bar! Where have you been? You, together with Miss Red just left the rest of us to stoke the fire here alone. D Hunter must be very excited to see you here again. How is life?

    As for your comment, any politician on whom that amount of money is found would equally face the law, even if he finally manages to wriggle out of it.

  15. John Emeka

    June 18, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Stupid country that always derive joy in making life stressful and unbearable to it’s citizen..
    And as 4 d victim i hope dis ill teach u some lessons 2 always be truthful..

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