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Sunday, 1 November 2015

South Africa Set To Return $9m Seized From Occupants Of Pastor's Private Jet


In September of last year,  two Nigerian men and an Isreali man were arrested by South African authorities after $9.34m in crisp 100 dollar bills were found in the private jet they arrived in from Nigeria. Ayo Oritsejafor, a pastor who was very close to then president Goodluck Jonathan (both pictured above) admitted he had leased the jet to the Nigerian government and was not aware it was to be used to transport cash. The Nigerian government claimed the money was for the procurement of weapons, ostensibly for the fight against the Boko Haram terror group.
It has emerged that the South African government has decided to hand over the money to Nigeria if "there is no further legal challenge," release the Israeli arms dealer without prosecution and will sell arms to Nigeria in the future. The arrangement is the outcome of a year-long tussle between both governments.
Mr Oritsejafor was recently among those recommended for prosecution during a peaceful protest in Lagos. He famously acquired his private jet as a result of his closeness to Mr Jonathan, but lied that it was bought for him by his congregation.