Ikoyigate $43.5M: Nigerian Prince Jokes Fill The Ether

by Kim Boateng Last updated on July 22nd, 2017,

Ikoyigate $43.5M: Nigerian Prince Jokes Fill The Ether. Bet you regret deleting all those emails you got from that Nigerian prince. More than $43 million in U.S. dollar notes was uncovered in an apartment in Nigeria by the country’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. 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.

This is the EFCC Facebook posting:

“EFCC Uncovers Another Massive Stash of Monies In Ikoyi.
The whistle blowing policy of the Federal Government is paying off positively as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today stormed a residential building in the 7th Floor of a four – bedroom apartment at Osborne Towers located at 16, Osborne road Ikoyi, Lagos, where a humongous find of foreign currencies and Naira notes to the tune of $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m was uncovered.

The operation followed a whistle blower’s confidential alert received by the Commission’s Lagos office this morning regarding some noticed suspicious movement of bags in and out of a particular apartment in the building. According to the source, the movers of the bags, make believe that they bring in bags of clothes.

Another source who is conversant with the apartment of interest indicated that a woman usually appeared on different occassions with Ghana Must Go bags. ” She comes looking haggard, with dirty clothes but her skin didn’t quite match her outward appearance, perhaps a disguise”, the source said.

On getting to the building, operatives met the entrance door locked. Inquiries from the guards at the gate explained that nobody resides in the apartment, but some persons come in and out once in a while. In compliance with the magisterial order contained in the warrant, the EFCC used minimum force to gain entrance into the apartment.

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 cabinents disguisedly hidden behind wooden panels of the wardrobe. Upon assessing the content of the cabinets, neatly.”

Naturally, everyone only had one thing to say about this.

Iwan Hughes @IwanHughes2001

@ctvedmonton I think this is mine, I got a legimate looking email a few weeks back about it. Please contact
Patrick McDevitt @pfmcdevitt

@ctvedmonton The guy must’ve email a thousand people asking for help transferring that money. Was even willing to pay. No one wanted to help. #Sad!

@ctvedmonton guess I shoulda replied to the emails.. fuuk..hindsight
The Ottawa Ross @ottaross

@ctvedmonton Okay, okay, my credit card number is 4053 2311 3441 2211, so please do go ahead and release the funds to my bank account.

@ctvedmonton Must be the home of the fabled Nigerian Prince we have heard about…
Kristina Montesano @ohthatkristina

@CNN Maybe I should email that Nigerian prince back, after all

The news trended after social media users quickly picked up on the fact that the event occurred in Nigeria — a reference to the many scam emails often sent from a “Nigerian royal figure” soliciting users to transfer thousands of dollars with the promise of a larger reward at the end.

Alex Gill @thealexgill. I’ve gotten a lot of spam, but Ive never actually received an email claiming to be from a Nigerian prince, until now

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. Earlier last week, the EFCC uncovered some $817,000 in cash from a market in Lagos, and some $1.5 million at a shopping mall. Nigeria is ranked 136 out of 176 countries on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index in 2016.

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Kim Boateng

Kim Boateng

With a Degree in Environmental Sciences, Kim the self professed jack of all trades and master of some simply "goes there" and brings a level of attention and detail to Nigeria Circle's quest for excellence in investigative journalism that sets her apart. Before journalism she worked in Safety, Quality Assurance and Control in several industries.
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