Seizure Of Another $5.7m In SA:We Have Done Nothing Wrong...FG

The Nigeria’s National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki has denied any wrongdoing over the $5.7million seized by South Africa.
Reacting to the news of the second seizure of another Nigerian’s $5.7million meant for the procurement of arms by South African authorities, Karounwi Adekunle, spokesman for Nigeria’s National Security Adviser said the there was a genuine business transaction between both countries and nothing was wrong with the transaction hence it was wrong for the South African government to confiscate the said money.
“We want to state clearly that a business transaction actually took place between a legitimate company in Nigeria and another legitimate one in South Africa through the bank,” said Karounwi Adekunle.
“In the course of events, the South African company could not perform and decided to refund the money. What is illegitimate in this transaction done through the bank?”, Adekunle asked.
“It is our hope that South Africa would reciprocate this noble gesture”, the statement added.
The City Press of South Africa had reported Monday quoting its sister paper,Rapport, that the $5.7million was seized by The Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) though it bore the imprimatur of senior security officials from Nigeria.
According to the report from South Africa, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, a colonel, personally issued the end-user certificate for the arms the money was meant to buy.
An entire “shopping list” was supplied with the certificate, which included everything from helicopters to unmanned aircraft, rockets and ammunition.
Sources close to the investigation said the latest transaction was between Cerberus Risk Solutions, an arms broker in Cape Town, and Societe D’Equipments Internationaux, a Nigerian company in Abuja.
An impeccable source said this company paid the R60 million into Cerberus’ account at Standard Bank.
Cerberus was previously registered as a broker with the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), but the registration expired in May this year.
The marketing and contracting permits also expired at the same time.
The company has since applied for re-registration, but the application lay in the NCACC’s mailbox for more than two months.
Sources told Rapport that Cerberus apparently tried to pay the money back to the Nigerian company, after which the bank became suspicious.
The NPA’s Asset Forfeiture Unit subsequently obtained a court order in the South Gauteng High Court to seize the money.
The publicity around the second seizure, after the 5 September incident when two Nigerians and an Israeli were busted trying to bring $9.3million cash into South Africa, must have been a big embarrassment to the Nigerian government.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. The Nigerian goverment should alow the South African authority to investigate the money before jumping to conclution. I still suspect this money was intended for laundry like the first one . Shame on Jonathan. He should resign now.

  2. I think the only wrong thing done by the Nigeran govt was to issue official notification to SA govt of the transaction.Nigerian govt ought to understand that different countries have different perspectives to the same situation.

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