The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has for the third day in a row, uncovered other millions of foreign currencies carefully stashed in a house in Ikoyi, a cozy area of Lagos, Nigeria.
Following the whistle blowing policy of the Federal Government, which is increasingly yielding dividends, the anti-corruption agency, on Wednesday, discovered huge sums of money in Dollars, Pounds, and Naira in an apartment on the 7th Floor of a four – bedroom apartment at 16, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. The intercepted monies totaling the tune of $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m were neatly sealed and hidden in fire proof cabinets disguisedly concealed behind wooden panels of the wardrobe.
It all started after some unnamed individuals contacted the EFCC, following a suspicious woman, who visited the said apartment frequently with plastic bags, which many believed to contain clothes. However, what made the movement of the said individual more suspicious was the fact that she dressed unkempt and haggard, with dirty clothes, despite her well-kempt skin didn’t quite match her outward appearance. That arose some suspicions and eventually led to the alert of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which intervened swiftly and made the shocking discovery.
Recently, the EFCC equally confiscated other jaw-dropping millions in various foreign currencies at the popular Balogun market in Lagos on Monday. That was not all, last Tuesday, a heart blowing sum of 4billion Naira was discovered, following a golden tip from a whistleblower.
The questions many are finding increasing difficult to answer are: how can some individuals be so incredibly greedy that they can acquire and stash billions away, while millions of other Nigerians are suffering and begging for a meal to eat? How can one defend such level of excessive selfishness and insensibility?
Although the discovery of the billions is a good reason to smile, very few individuals believe the confiscated monies would be used judiciously. Nor do many believe the culprits of this financial rape of the economy and financial treason against the state be punished harshly to set an example and a standard for others for that matter.
Unless criminals who have brought immeasurable hardship and economic miseries to the innocent citizens in Africa are brought to justice and severely punished for their heartless crimes, the stealing, and plundering of the African economies will continue with utmost alacrity and impunity. This is a raw truth.