The executive chairman of Essien Udim local government area of Akwa Ibom state, Mr Nse Ntuen, was arrested at the BWI International Airport in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday August 16th for smuggling $82, 000 in to the US.
The Maryland State Police Department confirmed the arrest yesterday Sunday August 18th, saying Mr Ntuen didn't declare the amount of money with the US custom officials. They said he only declared $5,000, just for an additional $77,000 to be found in his bag.
Mr Ntuen explained that he brought the amount of money in to the US to donate it at the Annual International Convention of the Akwa Ibom Indigenes in the US and Canada which held on Saturday at the Marriot Hotel in Washington, DC. Mr Ntuen premiered after five hours in custody but he didn't leave with the money. The Maryland State Police Department confiscated it.