The passenger, identified as Yusuf Taofeeq Olanrewaju, with passport number A03758685 was arrested while trying to board an Emirates Airlines flight to Hong Kong via Dubai through the E-wing of the airport. Olanrewaju, has since been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, together with the cash, for further investigation.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer, MMIA Command, NCS, Mrs Thelma Williams, said though the passenger declared the said amount on the prescribed forms CDF1A and CDF1B, he could not explain satisfactorily the source of the money. Williams explained that investigations by Customs showed that the passenger was observed to be a frequent traveller.
According to her, “Upon investigation, the passenger, Yusuf Taofeeq Olarewaju was noted as a frequent traveller with currency as follows: on April 27, 2012, $182,000,which he took to Hong Kong. On May, 26, 2012, he travelled with $280,000 to Hong Kong. On July, 21, 2012, he travelled with $395,000 to Hong Kong. On September 15, 2012, he travelled with $525,000 to Hong Kong.
“On November 3, 2012, he travelled with $10,000 to China. And this present case, January, 10, 2013, $767,500 to Hong Kong.”