Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Bankole Adeoye, has advised Nigerians traveling to that country to adhere to its currency declaration law in order to avoid sanctions.
Adeoye, who is also Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU), gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Addis Ababa.
“Since my arrival as Nigerian envoy here barely a month ago, the issue of confiscation of valuables, including foreign exchange of Nigerians in transit on Ethiopian Airline, has been of great concern to us.
“The money is in thousands of dollars from the reports I have received and we have engaged the government of Ethiopia. I have personally raised it in the meeting between our Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, and his Ethiopian counterpart.
“The Ethiopian rules and laws guarantee that you must not travel with more than three thousand dollars or its equivalent in cash while on transit and this is for passengers sleeping overnight in Ethiopia.
“This does not affect those transiting only through the airport and not going into the city.
“ We are working very hard to ensure that all the monies confiscated are returned and if they (offender) have to pay a fine because there is no ignorance in law, then they will,’’ he said.
The envoy said there was the need for Nigerians to adhere to rules and regulations of host countries as going contrary could become an “irritant’’ in relations between both countries.
According to him, the greatest advantage the country has is that Ethiopian Airline is one of the largest operating airlines in the Nigerian aviation market.