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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  • Realnigerian

    Why not open investigation?

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  • Enemona

    This will end up like the 12bn issue, the government will get a clean bill and the senate committee should get their palms greased. Any senate under the current leadership and the majority of clowns it constitutes is a big JOKE!

    There should be a proper open, televised inquiry or, at least, an independent international audit.

  • Modibbo Adamu

    Tell us about previous probes and their result, another season for probes

  • hh

    I think the result of the probe clear – absolve Pastor Ayo and the Federal Gov.

  • babatunde mustapha

    Senate nah Police abi nah law enforcement agency?

  • Andrew

    APC senators are part of the probe panel.Time for them to make sure that we know the truth and not go about making noise.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    I am always very miffed at the action of the Senate and its junior colleague, House of Reps, putting their fingers on every pie with the resultant zero achievement. At every turn of event; at every news item these two Houses will call for a probe! What really are they probing? That was why the Petroleum Minister called their bluff and virtually told them to piss off! What are these Houses going to probe in the present 9.3million dollars money laundering matter; and what are they going to achieve? The Senate and the House of Reps have become the nation’s drain pipe that should be sidelined. In fact I am looking forward to a time when these two Houses should be constitutionally told to get lost. The only thing I now see happening in the Senate is its gradual transformation to a Retirement Home for thieving ex-governors and other thieving public officials.

  • Tonnero

    Senate, with Mark as senate president, probe FGN? Joke of the century.