South Africa will return the $15 million it seized from Nigeria, the country’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Myakayaka Manzini has promised.
Manzini, who spoke on African Independence Television (AIT)’s “Matters Arising”, yesterday, gave assurance that the process of refunding the money was already on.
“Both countries have decided on a political solution to the issue. Nigeria is a big ally and a brother,” said Manzini.
According to the envoy, South Africa is committed to maintaining cordial relations with Nigeria, adding that the country had in the past sold arms to Nigeria and would continue to do so to help it fight Boko Haram.
$15 million meant for the purchase of arms had been seized by South African authorities in two tranches of $9.3 million and $5.7 million. While both transactions have been suspected as shady, the Nigerian government has argued that they were legitimate.
Manzini’s promise was not backed with a timeline, but assured that the money seized will be returned to the country very soon.