Russian police returns $11,000 stolen to Kanu Nwakwo
London, June 4, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Russian police on Monday detained two baggage handlers at a Moscow airport on suspicion of taking cash worth $11,000 from former Nigerian skipper Nwankwo Kanu’s check-in luggage as he flew from London to the World Cup host country.
Consequently, they have returned the money to the owner. The former striker in a chat confirmed that the stolen money had been returned
.“Yes it’s true that the money was stolen from me, but I can confirm to you right now that I have my money with me and I’m grateful to the security agencies for helping to recover it back,” Papilo told AOIFootball.com
The world’s top soccer players and thousands of foreign fans are set to converge on Russia for the World Cup from June 14 to July 15.
Kanu, 41, who played for Arsenal, travelled to Russia to play a friendly organised by FIFA in Kaliningrad, one of the 11 host cities, alongside former England international Wes Brown and former Brazilian international Cafu.
He reported the missing cash when he arrived at his hotel and discovered it was not in his luggage.
It was not immediately clear why he was carrying that amount in cash.
Police said they had detained two men who had handled check-in luggage for a flight from London to Moscow.
The incident will come as a setback to host country Russia, who are trying to stage a near-perfect World Cup with travellers been warned earlier by authorities to be vigilant throughout the tournament.