Police at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on Monday arrested a Nigerian national for attempting to externalise Seven Thousand Dollars (7 000 USD), roughly Five Million Kwacha (MK 5,000.000.), which was hidden in his hand luggage.
Airport Police Branch Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Sapulain Chitonde Lee told News Watch Reviews that the suspect, identified as Egemonye Christian Chinedu, holder of a Nigerian Passport number A05010761, was apprehended inside the Departures Lounge at around 1300hours, as he awaited to board a Nigerian-bound Kenyan Airways flight.
“He was physically searched by Police Officers manning the check point and the said amount $7 000 was recovered”, said Sapulani.
However when he was asked to show supporting documents, he failed to provide evidence from authorised Forex dealers.
“To his defence, Christian said he got the money in Tete Mozambique, where he operates a Clothing Shop. He claimed that unspecified Officers at the border (Mozambique, Malawi) told him not to worry about the cash. He said the advice made him to overlook the paperwork process because it implied that there would be no problem to travel out with it”, affirmed Sapulani.
Currently, the suspect is in Police custody and is expected to appear in court to answer charges of illegal possession of foreign currency and attempting to externalise forex.
Egemonye Chinedu Christian, 43, hails from Nnewi in Lagos, Nigeria. He has been in Tete, Mozambique, for the past three years.
Meanwhile, the Police at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) are appealing to the general public to buy or exchange money at designated places to avoid similar incidents .