The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday evening uncovered the N448,850,000 abandoned at a shopping plaza in Lagos.
The EFCC said it suspects that the cash is laundered money.
The discovery was made at 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 the shop awaiting conversion into foreign currency.
According to the anti-graft agency’s statement last night, its operatives, “relying on information provided by a concerned whistle blower, …… swooped on the shopping complex and sought the identity of the owners of two shops, LS 64 and LS 67 which were under locks and keys”.
The shops had signages of Bureau de Change, it said.
The agency explained further that “inquries 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 businesss 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 EFCC said it is investigating the matter in order to unravel the owner and source of the money.