We’ve returned Nigeria’s $15million arms money – South Africa

by Kolapo Olapoju

The South African Ambassador to Nigeria, Lulu Louis Mnguni, revealed that his country has returned the $15 million arms money seized by the South African authorities in September and early October.

South African authorities seized $9.3 million cash belonging to the Nigerian government on the 5th of September,  before seizing another $5.7 million, one month later, saying both funds were to be used for illegal purchase of arms.

Online news platform, The Cable reports that Mnguni said on Friday, 24 October, that the issue of the money has been sorted, and the Nigerian government has since received the money.

Mngumi said, “South Africa’s relations with Nigeria is priceless, it cannot be sold for $15 million. These are two separate incidents and, of course, the issue of the money has already been sorted out. Nigeria has been given the money.”

The diplomat also added that the South African government’s seizure of the funds was not influenced by the Synagogue building collapse which killed over 80 South Africans in Lagos.

He stated that both countries relationship is invaluable, and that the tragedy would only make them closer and stronger.

“South Africa’s relations with Nigeria comes a long way, so, now, this will actually make us much closer, to see how we can close some of these gaps that result in such accidents,” Mnguni added.

Comments (2)

  1. Thank GOD that the money has been returned. Otherwise we would have invoc back the spirit of apathait, and those who are crying foul should bury their head in shame.

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