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EFCC discovers N500m hidden in shop by ghosts

*Owners of the monies being searched for

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives will by now be looking for the ghosts that own the sum of N448,850,000 found in a shop at LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The money stashed in several ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bags were in N500 and N1000 denominations, hidden in a shop awaiting conversion into foreign currency.

Relying on information provided by a concerned whistle blower, operatives of the commission swooped on the shopping complex and sought the identity of the owners of the two shops, LS 64 and LS 67 which were under locks and keys. The owners of the shops must be ghosts.

The shops bear Bureau de Change signage. Inquiries about the owner of shop 64 indicated he had not been seen for a long time, as they claimed the shop had not been opened for business for close to two years. Several calls were put to the owner of shop 67 but there was no response.

The attention of the plaza’s chairman and some traders were drawn in order to force the shops open. There was no money found in shop 67, but in shop 64, heaps of ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bags were found loaded on the floor of the shop. When the bags were unzipped they were found to contain bundles of Naira notes totalling N448,850,000.

Traders interviewed at the premises claimed they were not aware such money was housed in there, as the place hardly opens for business. The Commission is investigating the matter in order to unravel the owner and source of the money confirmed a statement signed by Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC spokesman.

It should be noted that we did a report sometimes last year where we reported that about 43.4% of total volume of Naira is not in circulation but in hidden vaults. Many of the people who have these monies are doing everything possible to find a legitimate media to bring the money into circulation.


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