Indian authorities seized over Rs 58 lakh (around
$85,000) from a Nigerian national identified as one
Tochukwu Chijioke, who was travelling to
Coimbatore on at the Delhi airport.
Of the total cash seized, almost Rs 54 lakh, was in the
newly introduced Rs 2000 & Rs 500 currency notes,
while the remaining Rs 4 lakh was in discontinued high-
value notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000.
Tochukwo Chijioke was identified by CISF personnel
present at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on
"He was allowed to travel after information was shared
with tax and customs sleuths. A total cash of over Rs
58 lakh was detected with the Nigerian with Rs 53.78
lakh in new currency and Rs 4.29 lakh in old notes,” an
“We have informed the Airport Intelligence Unit (AIU)
and the Custom department. He was travelling by an
Indigo flight,” the official added.
The AIU and the Custom department questioned
Chijioke on his arrival at the Coimbatore International
Airport about the source of the money.
This seizure is one of the many instances of illegal cash
being recovered currently by the Income Tax
department, the Enforcement Directorate, Directorate of
Revenue Intelligence and other authorities