Commonality has come back to LEGICO Plaza in Victoria Island, Lagos, two weeks after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said it revealed N448,850,000 suspected to be laundered cash in a shop.
A visit by PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday demonstrated Bureau de Change administrators, who possess the vast majority of the shops in the square, approaching their typical organizations.
The square is situated at the 055 Nigerian Air Force Camp, LEGICO Barracks.
On April 8, the EFCC following up on a tip-off assaulted two shops, LS64 and LS67, which were safely guarded inside the square.
As indicated by the Commission, no cash was found in Shop LS67, yet in Shop LS64, stacks of Ghana-Must-Go packs were found in the shop which contained groups of naira notes totalling N448,850,000.
“The shops had signages of Bureau de Change,” Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC representative said in an announcement.
“Request about the proprietor of shop 64 demonstrated that he had not been seen for quite a while, as they guaranteed the shop had not been opened for business for near two years.”But PREMIUM TIMES checks demonstrated that the proprietor of Shop 64 is outstanding to his partners, and is, truth be told, a consistent face at the square.
A shop proprietor and Bureau de Change administrator who asked for obscurity said the proprietor of Shop 64 “is strolling openly in this square and the legislature haven’t gotten him yet.”
“Individuals around here say that the said cash has a place with a representative who siphoned his body electorate’s cash and needed to change it to dollars before the cash was found.
“No one in this square is spotless and you will see that they won’t have any desire to converse with you about this issue.
“The administration needs to make a case of these individuals, in light of the fact that the monies that were found in Ikoyi, we don’t have the foggiest idea about the result and now this cash here, the man still strolls uninhibitedly despite everything we don’t recognize what the EFCC will do with the cash.
“Until government makes a case of these individuals, no one will make changes.”
The greater part of the brokers at the court did not just decline to remark on the money revelation, yet were unfriendly towards our journalist. The individuals who figured out how to react to request said they were not around upon the arrival of the EFCC strike.
It was likewise watched that shop LS64 where the stacks of Ghana-Must-Go sacks, in N500 and N1,000 groups, were found was still under bolt while shop LS67 was open for business.
Last Wednesday, a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court requested a break relinquishment of the cash taking after a movement ex-parte recorded by Rotimi Oyedepo, an EFCC prosecutor.
In his decision, Justice Rilwan Aikawa requested anybody keen on the cash to show up before him at the following deferred date to show motivation behind why the cash ought not be forever relinquished to the Nigerian government.
The judge dismissed to May 19.