SaharaReporters has learned of a major scandal involving Nigerians transporting more than 5 million dollars through the Niger Republic destined for Dubai, according to sources.
According to a source speaking to SaharaReporters, Niger newspaper Le Courrier reported that the Customs of the Republic of Niger made several seizures at the Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamy on August 20th, 23rd, and 24th of this year.
On August 20th, Niger Customs intercepted and seized 4,925,330 US dollars, 25,000 Euros, and 500 Sterling Pounds in the hand luggage of Nigerian national Ahamad Yahaya. According to sources, Mr. Yahaya was born on April 12th, 1969 and had his passport issued in Kano State with number A05394218.
Mr. Ahmad says the money belongs to Dani Ladi Awouyo residing in Lagos State.
On August 24th Niger Customs intercepted three people carrying bags of money between the VIP lounge of Diori Hamani International Airport and an Ethiopian Air flight number ET 936 also bound for Dubai.
The Nigerians smuggling the money are: Mr. Bard Abdullahi Saliu, born on July 19th, 1968 with passport number A50023623. Mohammed Ibrahim born on January 2nd, 1954 in Kano with passport number A06757155. In addition to the two Nigerians, Idi Abdou, a national of the Niger Republic, was also implicated.
These three men were smuggling an incredulous 8,568,800 US dollars, 942,775 Euros, and 147,000 Sterling Pounds.
According to a source speaking with SaharaReporters, Mr. Saliu claims that the money is intended for commercial activities and that Mr. Ibrahim and Mr. Idi are simply brokers. This source also told SaharaReporters that these men are associates of Dahiru Mangal who is a Nigerian national and known to have financed the President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou’s presidential campaign.
It was also learned that on August 27th the President Issoufou, the Minister of Finance Saidou Sidibe, and other high level officials in the Niger government intervened in the confiscation of this money by the Customs and demanded its return to these smugglers.