The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Wednesday it has commenced an investigation into the alleged attempt by two Lebanese to smuggle $890,000 (N338 million) out of the country.
The commission’s spokesman, Mr. Dele Oyewale, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
He said the suspects identified as Dina Jihad Khali and Chamseddine Waell Mohmmed, were arrested by customs operatives at the Port-Harcourt International Airport and handed over to the commission for further investigation.
According to him, the duo were arrested while trying to board a flight to Lebanon.
The EFCC spokesman said: “Khali with the passport number LR152975 (Republic of Lebanon) was arrested with $670,000 while Mohammed with Passport Number LR0356598 (Republic of Lebanon) had $220,000.”
Oyewale disclosed that the money had been deposited with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for safekeeping.