The unravelling of Rotimi Amaechi
The Rivers State Government and it's governor must surely be taken aback by the emerging facts and the damning implications as controversy surrounding the status of the aircraft- Bombardier BD 700 Express jet owned by the State Government heightened today.
As reported on elombah.com, the Ministry of Aviation has revealed that the operators of the bombardier aircraft allegedly belonging to the Rivers state government obtained several flight clearances from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authorities (NCAA) using forged documentation.
Yesterday, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, had faulted the claim by Rivers State that the aircraft was being operated through a local operator, Caverton Helicopters. 'Caverton Helicopters has denied having any dealings with this aircraft in question', said NCAA.
My earlier postulation that someone was planning to convert this Aircraft belonging to Rivers State government to private property after leaving office, must now give way to real possibility that a heinous crime has been committed and someone must be held responsible!
Three government agencies have so far indicted Rotimi Amaechi and his private jet:The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has said that the delay of the Bombadier BD 700-1A11 (Global Express) belonging to the Rivers State Government at the Akure Airport on Friday, April, 26, 2013 was because the aircraft's pilot erred by not filing mandatory documents, that is the manifest as when due, at an airport that was not certified for night flight operations.
The Ministry of Aviation also on Thursday says that "the said aircraft attempted to and did operate within the Nigerian airspace on the 26th of April 2013 without any flight clearance whatsoever in total violation of all extant civil aviation laws and regulations."
According to the Ministry, "there is also the matter of the coat of arms and identity of the government of Rivers state being emblazoned and displayed on the aircraft in question, when there is no record or evidence of the state government's ownership, lease, or other recognized legal or beneficial interest in the aircraft presented to or filed before the civil regulatory authorities."
A statement from the Ministry statement further adds that "available records indicate that the aircraft is currently registered to Bank of Utah trustee until 30th of September 2015", and such registration is not transferable.
The ministry has therefore directed a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the actual ownership of the aircraft in question.It stated that upon conclusion of these internal investigations, it will take all necessary steps required by law.
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