See inside the expensive Ikoyi apartment where EFCC recovered $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m (photos)by Ezinna Bosah 13/04/2017 03:54:00 0 comments 1 Views
- The federal government's whistle-blower policy is yielding results
- The latest is the recovery of cash at an Ikoyi apartment
- Preliminary investigation showed the monies were proceeds of corruption
The federal government whistle-blower policy led to a sting operation in an apartment in Ikoyi by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The operation was carried out in the evening on Wednesday, April 12 in a residential building in the 7th Floor of a four - bedroom apartment at Osborne Towers located at 16, Osborne road Ikoyi led to the recovery of huge cash in different currencies.
Bankers were brought in with their counting machines and the total amount was put at $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m.
The monies were wrapped and hidden in a safe
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The EFCC reported that armed with a warrant, its operatives broke into the apartment with minimal force and went into the bedrooms where money was found in two of the four bedrooms.
The Ikoyi apartment where EFCC recovered huge cash
The anti-graft agency said: "The operation followed a whistle blower's confidential alert received by the Commission's Lagos office this morning regarding some noticed suspicious movement of bags in and out of a particular apartment in the building. According to the source, the movers of the bags, make believe that they bring in bags of clothes.
The monies were uncovered in two of the four bedrooms in the house
"Another source who is conversant with the apartment of interest indicated that some woman usually appeared on different occasions with Ghana Must Go bags.
"She comes looking haggard, with dirty clothes but her skin didn't quite match her outward appearance, perhaps a disguise", the source said.
Bankers helped with the counting of the monies
"On getting to the building, operatives met the entrance door locked. Inquiries from the guards at the gate explained that nobody resides in the apartment, but some persons come in and out once in a while. In compliance with the magisterial order contained in the warrant, the EFCC used minimum force to gain entrance into the apartment.
"Monies were found in two of the four bedroom apartment. Further probe of the wardrobe by operatives in one of the rooms, was found to be warehousing three fire proof cabinets disguisedly hidden behind wooden panels of the wardrobe. Upon assessing the content of the cabinets, neatly arranged US Dollars, Pound Sterling and some Naira notes in sealed wrappers."
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It was reported that former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmadu Adamu Mu'azu owbed the apartment although he has denied this,
The safe before it was broken by EFCCoperatives
Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue who is the former managing-director, operations at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was also named as the owner of the monies found in the apartment.