Police raided the unit on Tuesday (Apr 12) after receiving a whistleblower tipoff, said Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The anti-graft agency said in a statement on Wednesday that it was alerted to a suspicious incident involving a “haggard” woman in “dirty clothes” taking several bags in and out of a seventh floor unit at Osborne Towers.
“Monies were found in two of the four bedroom apartment. Further probe of the wardrobe by operatives in one of the rooms, was found to be warehousing three fire proof cabinets disguisedly hidden behind wooden panels of the wardrobe.”
“Upon assessing the content of the cabinets, neatly arranged US Dollars, Pound Sterling and some Naira notes in sealed wrappers,” the statement added.
Preliminary investigations indicated that the funds were proceeds from unlawful activity, the agency said.
The EFCC announced on Facebook that they had received a whistleblower’s tip that someone had been moving bags in and out of the apartment.
Obviously, the internet only had the same thing to say about the entire ordeal…
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— Joey Oddessa 🇨🇷 (@MMAOdds) April 16, 2017
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— The Ottawa Ross (@ottaross) April 16, 2017
@ctvedmonton Must be the home of the fabled Nigerian Prince we have heard about…
— Notminenotnownotever (@notminenotnow) April 16, 2017
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According to the EFCC, in addition to the U.S. dollars, $75,000 worth of Nigerian currency and $35,000 in British pound sterling were also found “neatly arranged” inside fireproof cabinets hidden behind wooden panels.
Investigations are ongoing, said Nigerian officials.