The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confiscated gold valued at about ₦1.1b being allegedly exported to Dubai illegally at the Abuja international airport.
The EFCC named one Abba Ali Yahaya as the brain behind the export arrangement.
Besides seizing his passport, about €112,000 undeclared by Abba, was allegedly forfeited over alleged violation of the nation’s Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, The Nation reports.
The precious metal was handed over to the suspect by a syndicate of illegal miners operating in Zamfara State.
The anti-graft agency is already on the trail of four members of the said syndicate said to have perfected ways of beating security agencies at the nation’s airports.
According to a document sighted by our correspondent, the suspect, who admitted to be a courier, was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by EFCC operatives led by a crack female detective.
It was gathered that the suspect had escaped being caught by all the screening machines at the airport.