The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says it is investigating an alleged money laundering case involving a 39-year-old South African lady, Nosisi Pam Ngqula.
NDLEA, in a statement signed by its spokesman, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, said that the suspect was intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos with $373,725 and two €2,120 hidden inside packs of oats.
Ofoyeju explained that the money was detected during an inward screening of passengers on a South African airline flight from Johannesburg.
He added that two Nigerians, Damian Akamelus and Prophet Cyprian Chigere are also being investigated by the anti-narcotic Agency in connection with the crime.
Commenting on the arrest, NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr. Hamza Umar said that it was a suspected case of money laundering.
NDLEA Director of Assets and Financial Investigation, Mrs. Victoria Egbase, said that refusal to declare the money and the manner of concealment were criminal and that the case was being investigated to establish possible link with drug trafficking.
In her confessional statement Pam Ngqula said that she lived in Johannesburg, South Africa and that she was given a bag by a Nigerian to deliver to one Damian Akamelu.
She allegedly confessed that the money was found inside packs of oats by the NDLEA officers during examination of her bags.