A cleaner arrested : Photo Credit: file copy

A cleaner arrested on Thursday last week at the international wing of the Muritala Mohammed Airport, Lagos in possession of $271, 135 ( N53million) and his suspected accomplice have been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Daily Trust has learnt.

The suspects, it was gathered, were handed over to the commission on Monday afternoon for further investigation.
The EFCC is expected to investigate the source of the huge sums of money.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had handed over the suspects to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Airport command after they were caught by its (FAAN) security officers.

The money was found on the worker with one of the cleaning contractors at the airport whose name was given as Mr. Tijani Owolabi, during a routine check at one of the screening points.

According to FAAN in a statement by the Deputy General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Onyekwere Nnaekpe, Owolabi was suspected to be conveying the foreign currency to an accomplice at the sterile area of the terminal before he was arrested.

It was however learnt that the accomplice has been identified while the duo were handed over to the EFCC for further investigation.

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