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Saturday, 18 July 2015

South Africa returns $15 million seized for the procurement of arms

There are claims that the $15 million seized by the South African Govt. in 2014 that was meant for the purchase of arms for the Nigerian military has been returned to the Nigerian government.

The sum of $9.3 million was seized by the South African authorities on September 5, 2014 and another $5.7 million was seized later in a transaction involving Societe D’ Equipments Internationale of Nigeria and Cereberus Risk Solutions, a South African arms company.

The first seizure was by South African custom officers who intercepted  two Nigerians and an Israeli who arrived the country in a private jet allegedly owned by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) president, Rev Ayo Oritsejafor. They found 3 suitcases stashed with money when they ran them through airport scanners.

The money were reportedly concealed in two black plastic suitcases. Also found on the men, were, an invoice for a helicopter and armaments meant for Nigeria. The Nigerian government then quickly admitted that it was aware of the transaction and informed the media that the process was legal.

The former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) who spoke on behalf of the government then, said the Nigerian government had no choice as some powerful countries had refused to sell arms to Nigeria.

The South African government through its High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, said it would not release the funds until after “due process” was followed.

Yesterday, the consulting firm issuing statements on behalf of Nigerian security agencies, PR Nigeria, said the money has finally been released.

According to the statement, the money was released as a result of some legal and diplomatic processes initiated by the former NSA which “ensured that cash seized by the South African government during the cash for arms saga last year have been fully recovered by Nigeria”.

It added:
"President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration was forced to resort to the alternative market to obtain arms when western powers blocked every access to the formal arms market but the cash were seized both at the airport and in the bank”.

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56 comments:

Anonymous said...

We have genuine lands as cheap as 950,000 Naira for sale at "33" area and Nkwelle outskirts of Onitsha Anambra state, interested persons should contact KEN on 08136517728.

Unknown said...

Nice one, well done my Able President. God is with you. Linda take note!

Unknown said...

Nice one, well done my Able President. God is with you. Linda take note!

gentle said...

Why did the western market refuse to sell arms to nigeria when we were in the middle of battling terrorism? Hmm.... lots of strange things happened in this country in the past 6 years. Time will reveal everything.

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Great step

Unknown said...

Baba is working

Unknown said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
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Na one man account all this money go enter i swear....
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

Unknown said...

Ok seen.

Unknown said...

Ok seen.

Unknown said...

Na wao! May God help us all...🙏

Etsako Pearl said...

Hmmm.

NeeNeeInHouston said...

Why did they even take the money in the first place? Although it`s good they returned it!

BONARIO NNAGS said...

I trust President Buhari to put the money into judicious use.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Onomiroro Dono Okeh said...

Atleast, the treasury won't be empty anymore.

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Unknown said...

Hope the money returned will be put to good use.

Onomiroro Dono Okeh said...

Atleast, the treasury won't be empty anymore.

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Onomiroro Dono Okeh said...

Atleast, the treasury won't be empty anymore.

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Unknown said...

I trust the money to be used for something good.

Anonymous said...

Good atleast some people will stop complaining about empty treasury

Oskirin said...

Una b thief.y didn't u people declared d money b4 n afta it left our shores?na God go dey catch una 1 by 1.many-many ego wey don disapear 2 jona cluelessness n arangee.

Anonymous said...

Good atleast some people will stop complaining about the nation's empty treasury

Anonymous said...

Good atleast some people will stop complaining about the nation's empty treasury

Unknown said...

When there is nothing more to lie about!!! How on earth will a government go to buy arms in the black market knowing fully well the prices will be higher? Also how can it be that with all the presidential jets and other commercial jets, it is only the one owned by Oritsejafor that will be used for such transactions. So many things went wrong with the previous administration and only God will continue to help us. Dasuki will have so many explanations to make. Covering for a few like Oritsejafor and his cohorts who were busy making money in government as against preaching the word of God will not absolve anyone. The truth is, money laundering was the order of the day then and the people involved preferred to give up the money in the name of the government than face the wrath involved with money laundering charges. We shall see. God knows best.

prince versace said...

Good

AC£S said...

......to be looted

Nky said...

Better

Unknown said...

Medicine after death. All conspirency against GEJ

Anonymous said...

They refuse to sell us arms because our military still uses barbaric methods forbidden by the U.N after world war 2. Trust us to never learn from mistakes of the past.

Also most of the arms they sell us would just be siphoned back to terror groups through corruption. Why should i sell you weapons when i know you'll give them to my enemies?

The returned money will also be misappropriated.

Anonymous said...

we like to talk about our military but how can we have a strong military when we don't even know how to build our own weapons? White countries had already invented tanks, aircraft guns by 1920 world war 1, 100 years ago. Meanwhile technological advancement has not even started in africa. We have to buy shit with the oil we found in the ground because we are 2 dumb to know how to make our own. African men only know how to sleep with multiple women and throw parties.

Eze said...

They want ppl like me to say Buhari is trying..... Rubbish

Eze said...

They want ppl like me to say Buhari is trying..... Rubbish

Unknown said...

Ok,,dey shud go nd. Purchas d arms already***odikwa risky nd tyt***

Anonymous said...

PMB should be tutored on how to behave himself in this hard won Democratic dispensation. He should stop harassing the former NSA. He should think first before he acts. We condemned his dictatorial moves. He should stop bringing unwarranted shame and trying to create a Gestapo state before the eyes of international community.

Unknown said...

Thank God o

Unknown said...

Okay

Unknown said...

Thank God for dis lovely news for dis money wil go a long way to help assist Nigerians in dis period of financial crisis.

Anonymous said...

Na today na which day dem collect am.

Anonymous said...

Na today na which day dem collect am.

Anonymous said...

Na today na which day dem collect am.

Anonymous said...

May Jonathan never happen to this country again.Amen!!!!

ary said...

About time I hope this money will be accounted for but na naija we dey, e go soon lost.

Unknown said...

"Western powers blocked every access to formal arms market"... this is not a joke, boko boys has weapons ever day. This means there is more than the eye can see...

Anonymous said...

So they blocked us from buying ammunition.
How are supposed to stop boko.
Some powers want to destroy nigeria

Olaaliu said...

Sum people will kidnap d money now,,,Only if its true anyway

Unknown said...

That's a good one



#TeamBlessed#

Unknown said...

cut some slack for him

Anonymous said...

Guy u hit d nail exactly on da head. Like ur post cos it's da naked truth about Africa and Nigeria especially.

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:59 u are a big fool, if ur dumb brain cannot think of any intelligent response to a post, just read and keep ur mouth shut, ur fingers idle. Monkey!!

Anonymous said...

Good!

Anonymous said...

Good!

TAMARA SPLASH said...

Next

Ebifor Ebi said...

It is interesting the way the mind works. Those hell bent on propping up the image of PMB will not read what is plainly written. For instance they glossed over this statement: "According to the statement, the money was released as a result of some legal and diplomatic processes initiated by the former NSA which ensured that cash seized by the South African government during the cash for arms saga last year have been fully recovered by Nigeria". While ignoring the former NSA's efforts, they go ahead to heap praise on PMB for recovering the money but there was no where in the report that PMB did anything other than the processes leading to the release happen to conclude at this time. This is undue bias.

Anonymous said...

O! Shatap

Anonymous said...

When you don't have anything to say or you don't know what to say, then shut the fuck up

Anonymous said...

The post was clear about who returned the money. But they will say it's baba go slow.

Anonymous said...

@ onomiroro
I'm struggling not to be rude here! $15m will make a country's treasury not to be empty again! You go school so?!

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