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Arms deal: South Africa denies detaining Nigerians

15 October 2014, 12:02

Abuja - The South African Police Service has debunked reports that two Nigerians and an Israeli were detained over the seized $9.3 million cash meant to get arms in the country, Premium Times reports.

South African Revenue Service on September 5, seized the amount  from two Nigerians and an Israeli at Lanseria Airport, North-West of Johannesburg and the money is currently being held at the Central Bank in South Africa.

The identities of the Nigerians in the private jet owned by the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ayo Oritsejafor,  remains undisclosed and most Nigerians believe they and the Israeli were still being held as investigation continues.

Also read: $9.3m scandal: APC lawmakers walk out of sitting

The South African authorities have since confiscated yet another US$5.7 million arms money from Nigeria.

As with the first deal, South Africa’s Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority has seized the funds for allegedly being the proceeds of illegal transactions.

Read more at Premium Times


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