An airport cleaner has been arrested after he was caught with the sum of $271,135 (about N53m) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The airport worker, named Mr. Tijani Owolabi, works with one of the cleaning contractors at the airport.
It was revealed that some of the foreign currency was found on Owolabi while the rest was recovered from the sanitary bucket he was holding while trying to pass through screening machine.
The statement by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) reads:
“Aviation security personnel of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria today September 3, 2015 prevented the trafficking of a total sum of 271,135 American dollars through the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja.
“The sum was found on a worker with one of the cleaning contractors at the airport, Mr. Tijani Owolabi, during a pat down at one of the screening points at ‘D’ Finger of the international terminal.
“The airport cleaner who was suspected to be conveying the foreign currency to an accomplice at the sterile area of the terminal, was immediately apprehended by aviation security staff on duty and handed over to the appropriate security agencies at the airport for further investigation.”