by ‘Jola Sotubo
A female foreigner has been arrested in Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) after being found in possession of counterfeit money.
39-year-old Mfundu Angela from Congo was apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport with $240,000 (N40.8 million) worth of fake currency.
The suspect is said to have intended to transport some goods, along with the contraband, to her native country via Cargolux Airline heading to Kinshasa but was intercepted when the money was discovered hidden in dictionaries.
Speaking on the arrest, NDLEA commander at the airport, Mr. Hamza Umar, said the seizure was made following reasonable suspicion on the consignment.
“The suspect, who hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo, brought a sewing machine and a bag containing clothes and five dictionaries for export to Congo.
“There was high suspicion on the consignment and in the process of search, the dictionaries were found to contain 24 envelopes containing $10,000 each,” he said.
The suspect, a divorcee and mother of two, said that the money was given to her by her boyfriend.