The Federal Government has once again impounded the private jet of the Rivers state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
It was gathered that the jet was grounded after security agencies decided that Amaechi, former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu, ex-governor of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki, former PDP National Chairman, Kawu Baraje, and a former governor of Gombe state and now Senator, Danjuma Goje were instrumental to pressurizing Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano to ensure that ousted CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi emerged as the new Emir of Kano.
The Bombardier aircraft that was recently released to the governor could not leave the airport as aviation agencies claimed there was an ‘order from above’ to stop night flights out of the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano.
It was learnt that the National Airspace Management Authority, NAMA, operatives refused to give clearance to the jet to take off, leaving the governor and his aides with no other option than to travel by road out of Kano.
Governor Amaechi reportedly left Kano around 8 pm Nigerian time by road.
In the meantime, this development has been confirmed by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenitari.
The seizure of Ameachi’s jets was also followed by a riot in Kano against Sanusi’s choice as Emir.
This is the second time Governor Amaechi’s jet would be impounded by President Jonathan’s government.
On April 26 2013, the governor and his entourage were stranded for about two hours at the Akure Airport, Ondo State, on the allegations that the jet violated aviation procedures before take-off.