Wednesday, 8 July 2015


The Murtala Muhammed Airport Police Command in Lagos has arrested a 45-year old man, Mr. Lawrence Agbe, for allegedly being in possession of €1.25m (about N274m), suspected to be
fake currencies.

 It was learnt that Agbe was on his way to Abuja before he was apprehended by the police.

The Commissioner of Police for the command, Mr. Fredrick Lakanu, on Monday explained that Agbe was arrested while boarding a flight at the international wing of the MMA in Lagos en-route to Abuja.

Lakanu further explained that in the course of police investigations, a search warrant was executed by a team of detectives from the Domestic Airport Police Division to search the suspect’s printing press in Agege, Lagos, where over 2,000 police statement forms were recovered.

The CP said, “After further interrogation, the suspect mentioned one Steve residing in Abuja as the owner of the said €1.25m. But Steve is at large.”

Lakanu also added that the command had impounded over 30 motorcycles, popularly known as okada, adding that about 35 touts at various parts of the Lagos airport were apprehended.

He stated that those arrested had been charged to court for unlawful entry, touting and other similar offences.

He appealed to members of the public for cooperation to checkmate the activities of undesirable elements at airports across the country.

The Police Public Relations Officer, MMA Police Command, Livinus Chukwuma, solicited the cooperation of the media towards ensuring that touts and commercial motorcycle operators were stopped from gaining entry into the airport.

Chukwuma, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, stated that media practitioners had important roles to play in tackling the menace of touts, commercial motorcyclists and other illegal activities at airports.

In another development, employees of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria had been urged to remain committed to the successful operations of the airports.

FAAN, in a statement, also announced that the Maiduguri Airport, which was shut down due to activities of terrorists, had been opened.

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