More than $43million has been seized from a flat in Nigeria’s main city, Lagos, the anti-corruption agency says.
Officials raided the flat after a tip-off about a “haggard-looking” woman in “dirty clothes” taking bags in and out of it, the agency added.
According to BBC News, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said in a statement that guards told investigators that no-one lived in the flat, but a source reported that a “woman usually appeared on different occasions 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,” it quoted a source as saying.
The money was believed to be from unlawful activity, but no arrests have as yet been made.
Apart from US notes worth $43.4million, investigators found nearly 27,800 British Pounds and some 23m naira at the four-bedroom flat in Lagos’s affluent Ikoyi area, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said in a statement.
The “neatly arranged” cash was stashed in “sealed wrappers” in wardrobes and cabinets in the seventh-floor flat, the EFCC added.
This is the latest in a series of raids which uncovered bundles of cash in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy.