Mogadishu – An Emirati Cargo plane loaded with over nine million U.S. dollars was on Sunday intercepted at Adan-Adde International Airport.
A security official at Mogadishu Airport who confirmed the seizure of the cash from the Boeing 737/700 told local news that Royal Jet operated flight arrived from the capital city of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi.
“The plane which is owned by an Emirati company landed at Adan Adde International Airport shortly after 2:30 ( local time). The plane flew from Abu Dhabi,” said the officer.
He said the security officials of the airport suspected the plane after the crew failed to disclose the information of the plane.
“The officials met the pilot and two other people who disembarked from the plane but they (the pilot and his accomplices) were reluctant. Then security officials conducted a thorough search of the plane,” he noted.
The official confirmed that the security officials discovered that plane was carrying over $9,000,000 USD.
” After searching, the officials founded bags of money. One of the passengers of the plane told the officials that the planes $9,670,000,” he said.
The officer said he was ordered to offload the consignment.
After interventions by Somali government officials and officials from UAE’s embassy in Mogadishu, the plane was allowed to take off back to UAE, according to the security official.
He pointed out that the money was deposited at Somali Central Bank until an investigation is complete.
“The money was moved the Central Bank, where it will be kept till the investigations are concluded,” he said.