Senate begins probe of Nigeria’s $9.3million cash seized in South Africa

George Sekibo

The Senate on Tuesday began investigation into circumstances surrounding the seizure of Nigeria’s $9.3 million dollars in South Africa.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, George Sekibo, said this in Abuja after a closed-door meeting with the service chiefs.

The service chiefs were led to the high-profile meeting, which lasted for over three hours, by the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh.

Mr. Sekibo, who said the committee would get details of the situation, promised to brief the media at the end of its investigation.

“We are still investigating. We have started the investigation; when we get through the investigation, we will brief you.

“There were several questions here and there and we are digging to find out details and facts about what happened. The committee is satisfied that we are on top of the matter,” he said.

The South African Revenue Service on September 5, seized the amount from two Nigerians and an Israeli at Lanseria Airport, North-West of Johannesburg.

The money, which is being held at the Central Bank in South Africa, is being investigated by the South African Police.

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