THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, arraigned a businesswoman before a Federal High Court for allegedly concealing 35 different currencies in her luggage.
Olawunmi Akinyanjuola Olatara was about boarding a flight from Nigeria to New York, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on January 24, when immigration officials allegedly discovered the concealed currencies in her possession during outward clearance of passengers.
She was arrested and handed over to operatives of EFCC.
The currencies allegedly retrieved from her were £26,420, $5,000, 1,320 Poland Zloty, RS 715 Brazillian real, 965,000 Korean Won, 10,000 Malaysian Ringgit, 2,920 Isreal Shekel, $13,218 American dollars, 394 Japanese Yen, 76,550 Kenyan Shillings, 1,920 New Zeland Dollars, 27,000 Iraqi Diner, RM 392 Malaysian Ringit, 500 Norway Krone, 2,000 Thailand Baht, MAD 260 Moroccan Dirham, QR 159, Qatari Riyal, CHF 250 Swiss Franc, 1,200 Taiwan Dollar, 6,360 Indian Rupees, 3,930 Egyptian Pounds, 6410 Russian Rubble, RS20 Brazil Real, 105 Turkish Lira, LD 26,000 Libyan Dinar, 1,000 Hong Kong Dollars, $50 American Dollars, DT 250 Tunisian Lira, 18 Saudi Arabia Riyal, BD 7.5 Bahrain, Rp 158 Indonesian Rupiah, 50 Phillipine Peso, 50 Sudanese Pounds and 1,515 Pakistan Rupee.
She, however, pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge.
Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo granted the accused person bail of N5 million and two sureties in like sum, while she adjourned the matter till Octoer 18.