South African police say they’re probing the illegal importation of 7.2 million euros into the country – ostensibly to buy arms.
The National Prosecuting Authority says discovery of an invoice for helicopters and armaments intended to be used in Nigeria could indicate why three foreigners were bringing money into South Africa.
The million were stashed in bundles of $100 000 in the luggage of two Nigerians and an Israeli who flew into Lanseria airport north of Johannesburg on a private jet.
Customs officials confiscated the cash but no arrests have been made.
They say the explanations by the men about why they were carrying such a large of money were riddled with discrepancies.
Found on the Nigerians was an invoice from a South African company, Tier One Services Group Limited, to a Cyprus-based international group for the purchase of various armaments and helicopters.
The arms were intended to be used in Nigeria.
According to its website, Tier One has offices across the Middle East and Africa.
It’s not registered with the National Conventional Arms Control Committee and is thus not authorised to do arms deals
Also confiscated from the men carrying the money were documents confirming they were in South Africa to buy arms.