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2 Nigerians & 1 Israeli Citizen Probed for Attempting to Smuggle $9.3 Million Cash into South Africa



lot of money in a suitcase

Police authorities in South Africa are investigating an Israeli citizen and two Nigerians who attempted to smuggle $9.3 million cash into the country.

The money was seized by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) at Lanseria airport in Johannesburg on September 5th, Reuters reports.

According to reports, the money which was transported from Abuja via a business jet, consisted of $100 bills and was packed in three suitcases.

When questioned, the three passengers reportedly told police that they intended to use the money to purchase arms for Nigerian security services.

Investigations are still ongoing, and the money is being kept at the Central Bank in the meantime.

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  1. kony

    September 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Never in our history, Under no other regime has Nigeria gone through the scale of Capital flight and plundering of our resources.. people buying private jets, buying luxury residences abroad.. Its just a reflection of the levels of corruption under the Goodluck Johnathans regime.. Big shame!!!

    • ahmed

      September 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Not correct. OBJ, IBB regimes were far worse. Under OBJ, we had high oil prices, incurred heavy domestic debts, paid off some foreign debts but did next to nothing on infrastructure. So where did the rest of the money go – frittered away. OBJ travelled 110 times in his first term alone. What was he doing abroad when the only foreign company that he attracted was BAT to build cigarette factories. Under OBJ, the following international corruption scandals came to light: Siemens, Halliburton, Shell, Will Bros, Schneider, Schlumberger etc

  2. Truth

    September 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    It is evident that not only Nigerians are sponsoring the madness of terror in naija and rest of Africa, I knew that some American had to be involved in a bad way.

    • moi

      September 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Israeli, reading is fundamental dearie

    • Busola

      September 15, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Israel=America. Simple. Understanding is important sweetheart.

    • nene

      September 15, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      israel and america are like bread and butter. everyone hates israel except america.

  3. Aniagu

    September 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Can this be possible in this cashless policy? Intact they must have a hidden agenda.

  4. @edDREAMZ

    September 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    They have been doing this act b4 but luck ran out of them this tym…..

  5. Jackie Onassis

    September 15, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Read my lips!!!!! Why we Nigerians are always involved in some freaking dirty things.. .This is why we are not respected abroad.. the minutes people know you come from Naija.. they start looking at you with two correction glasses!! even if we are well mannered, educated, having Ph.d THEY always looking at us.. as crooks… Truly , people.. let’ s get back Nigeria the respect it deserves.. We are strong nation, with rich soil and educated people.. Let’s avoid the stigmatization people give us.. let’s work it out.. men..ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Athila

      September 16, 2014 at 9:37 am

      Well said Jackie!! Im South African in South African and many Nigerians living here have tarnished the image of disant, proper hardworking Nigerians. All I can say is that not every Nigerian is a criminal!

  6. Ado

    September 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    These guys could be instigators of insurgency in Nigeria. They deserve to be thoroughly interrogated.

  7. efe

    September 16, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Nigerian Politicians are solely responsible for this Act, dem go still cover the thing.
    God is at work to wipe out corruption in Nigeria

  8. Bella

    September 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Every nation has a few rotten apples, some more than others. Not condoning any thing bad we do, but we always get a bad rap for white collar crimes, however on that same note, we are better off than most dangerous places to live on earth, that said we can clean up our act, as not all of are proud of the bad publicity associate with Nigeria, we still have a few positives but as life goes, a few will always fall on the wayside! That said, I dey rep Naija for life!

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