Says a particular sponsor gave him $2.8million cash to transport to Dubai

The identities of several individuals who are alleged to have been sponsoring a suspected currency trafficker, Abubakar Tijjani Sheriff are now beginning to emerge.

It was gathered on Monday from within the Economic Fraud and Crime Commission (EFCC) that Sheriff had given a statement that would aid the commission to track and find the other individuals that employed him as a front for illegal currency trafficking.

The 24 year-old suspect, at the point of boarding the plane.was arrested on Thursday, last week, at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos en route Dubai while attempting to smuggle $7million cash out of the country. He revealed that $2.8million out of the said $7million belongs to one of the sponsors that gave it to him for trafficking to Dubai.

The EFCC source said that details of the said sponsor’s status will not be publicized now explaining that it might affect the sequence of investigations. He also said that the suspect was cooperating in the investigations.

“I can tell you that the suspect (Sheriff) has revealed that $2.8million out of the $7million cash belongs to the said sponsor. He has confessed that he is a courier for 20 individuals who hired him to courier the money for them to Dubai. He is still assisting investigators to determine these individuals.

“I will not be able to give you further details on the status of the said suspect and other sponsors. This is because we are closing in on them and we don’t want to do anything that will enable them to escape. The EFCC operatives are working on the suspect’s confession and I can tell you that appreciable progress is being made in this regard.”

Four suspects have been arrested and are being interrogated by the EFCC while trying to export a total of $9million cash out of the country.

The suspects were arrested separately at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.

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