The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) on Wednesday stormed a four – bedroom apartment at the 7th floor of Osborne Towers located at 16, Osborne road Ikoyi, Lagos, where $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m was uncovered.
Below is the account of EFCC on how the money were discovered:
“The operation followed a whistle blower’s confidential alert received by the Commission’s Lagos office this Wednesday morning regarding some suspicious movement of bags in a particular apartment in the building. According to the source, the movers of the bags, decieved the people that they bring in bags of clothes.
“Another source who is conversant with the apartment of interest indicated that some woman usually appeared on different occassions 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.
“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 cabinents 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.
“Preliminary findings indicate that the funds are suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.
“The facility is said to be owned by Osborne Towers Resident Association.
Investigations are ongoing.”