Report from Nigeria says a high court in the country has ordered one Ngqula Nosisi Pam, a citizen of South Africa to surrender the sum of $374,355 following her being convicted for money laundering and bulk cash smuggling.
As gathered, Justice C.M.A Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos, convicted Pam for the aforementioned crimes after she was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of the country last month when she was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
Reporting this incident, Premium Times related that the convict was convicted by the court after she changed her ‘not guilty’ plea, and pleaded that she’s guilty of what she’s being accused of.
As such, Justice Olatoregun ordered Pam to surrender the entire amount of money involved to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The EFCC were as well-ordered to within 29 days, remit the money to the Federal Government Account and file a notice of remittance at the court.
The count charge as Premium Times disclosed reads;
…you Ngqula Nosisi Pam on or about the 24th of March, 2015 at Murtala Muhammed International Airport within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court had in possession cash in the sum of Three Hundred and Seventy Four Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty Five United States of America Dollars ($374,355.00) which you transported from the Republic of South Africa to Lagos; and failed to declare the sum of Three Hundred and Fifty Five United States of America Dollars ($374,355.00) to the officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service as required under the provisions of section 2(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012 and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 2(5) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012”.