Private Jet Seized In SA With $9.3mln Might Be Linked To CAN President

Private Jet Seized In SA With $9.3mln Might Be Linked To CAN President

A private jet caught in Johannesburg with around $10 million inside, is the property of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, Sahara Reporters provides.

According to the report, the head of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) owns the private plane with US registration number N808HG, which is one of the jets recently seized by the SA officials.

The money totaling $9.3 million cash was packed in several suitcases. The cash was seized at the Lanseria airport following the luggage search.

Reuters previously revealed that SA police started investigation in terms of 2 Nigerians and an Israeli contractor, who were on board trying to illegally bring cash into the country, in what might have been part of an arms deal.

The 3 passengers claimed the money was aimed at buying arms for the Nigerian security, City Press said.

Sahara Reporters refers to the information allegedly provided by the Nigerian aviation authorities: that one of the jets belonged to Pastor Oritsejafor while the second one was registered to Felix Idiga, the owner of Jafac Aviation Limited.

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It was disclosed by the South African source that Oritsejafor's jet was released after some high-ranked Nigerian officials insisted that the money was approved by the government for purchase of  weapons.

CityPress revealed that only the Israeli contractor knew the combination locks to all the cases, which were on board.

When contacted, Mr. Idiga denied owning the jet involved in the scandal. Pastor Oritsejafor could not be reached for the comments.


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