Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stormed Onitsha Main Market, Anambra state after arresting seven traders at the Enugu International Airport for alleged money laundering.
A source said the arrested traders who were traveling either to China or Dubai were carrying with them dollars more than the stipulated approved amount for those traveling outside Nigeria, adding that some had $100,000, while others were in possession of $60,000. The officially allowed maximum travel allowance is $5000.
The source said that upon interrogation, the traders were said to have mentioned where they purchased the foreign currency in the market, hence the visit of the EFCC operatives to the Main Market to arrest the dealers.
Chairman of the Onitsha Main Market Traders Union (OMMATU), Chief Innocent Agudiegwu who confirmed the incident, said that the traders were arrested at the airport and brought to the market where it was ascertained that they were genuine traders and not money launderers.