The Nigeria Customs Service, Kaduna/Katsina Area Command, on Friday said it arrested three Nigeriens for alleged money laundering amounting to N15.2 million.
Parading the suspects to newsmen in Katsina, the Controller of the command, Alhaji Umar Yusuf, said they were intercepted at Makera check point in Jibia boarder on Jan. 6.
He said the suspects travelled across the border with the amount, without declaring it to the customs, contrary to part 1, section 2 (3) of Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.
According to him, the cash is hidden under the seats of their Honda Accord car with registration number ABJ 602 AE. "The command, which is acting on the money laundering act and the Nigeria Customs Headquarters Circular no. 029/2012 of September 2012, arrested these suspects.
"The circular authorises officers of the service to be vigilant and intercept persons or money involved in movement of bulk cash."
The controller also said investigation was ongoing to ascertain and know the depth of involvement and occupational identity of the suspects.