No fewer than 17 governors are proud owners of private jets top sources at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have disclosed to National Weekender. This fact emerged following the investigation which the body is going through after it was indicted in the N255m bulletproof cars bought for embattled Aviation Minister Princess Stella Oduah. Recall that after the crash of Associated Airline conveying the remains of Late former governor of Ondo State Dr. Olusegun Agagu which led to the death of 17 people on board including Ondo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Deji Falae who is son to former Finance Minister Chief Olu Falae, the NCAA and Aviation Minister have been under scrutiny.
The three-man administrative panel set up by President Goodluck Jonathan to investigate Oduah has submitted its report to the President. But during the House Committee’s investigation top sources in the NCAA hinted that the noise about the bulletproof cars is uncalled for because 8 northern governors and 9 of their southern counterparts own private jets kept in different locations around the country.
Just two weeks ago the former governor of Borno State Alli Modu Sheriff who left office barely three years ago acquired the most expensive private jet ever bought by a Nigerian. According to reports the private jet cost N11.5b. and Sheriff said he wants to use it for commercial business. He is said to be into commercial airline operation and has already bought three private jets earlier.
Though the names of the governors were not made known but National Weekender scooped that some governors who lost election and second term bid are also included in the private jet owners club. in the words of one of our sources, “some governors who rushed into the senate to take cover as senators and few of them who lost second term bid own private jets. Some others are sitting governors. We have the record and their names. Eight of them are from the North and 9 others are from the South. From the way things are going I can tell you authoritatively that more of the present governors and more senators and even members of the House of Representatives will acquire theirs before 2015 elections. The move is on and they have been making contacts with some of the companies manufacturing aircrafts abroad.”