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Governor Amaechi Buys $50 Million Bombardier Jet, Amid State’s Flood Disaster

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Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has acquired a brand new Bombardier Global 5000 (N565RS) for his exclusive use.

Mr. Amaechi’s lavish new “toy” comes at a time hundreds of thousands of residents in his state are displaced by the worst flooding crisis in the state’s history.

The newly purchased jet left Montreal-Trudeau Airport in Montreal, Quebec to Dakar Yoff International Airport. And then it was delivered to the state government on October 7th 2012.

The jet was primarily purchased from Bombardier in Canada for $45.7 million through the Bank of Utah Trustee account. “This is an ungodly act,” said a Port Harcourt-based human rights campaigner. “Why should Governor Amaechi’s priority be to acquire a jet at a time the state is experiencing the worst flooding in its history, leaving many Rivers indigenes homeless?” he added.

Last year Mr. Amaechi traded off the state’s current Embraer Legacy 600 claiming it was too expensive to maintain. There were also unconfirmed claims that the jet was struck by lightning.

The oil-rich Rivers State already owns an AW139 helicopter which it leased to Aero Contractors. The state then turned around to patronize Aero’s VIP Sikorsky S76C helicopter at a cost one critic described as “exorbitant and unjustified.”

Last year, the state government sold its Dash 8-Q200 aircraft to Cross River State for $6 million. Cross River State then leased the plane to Aero Contractors to undertake commercial flights to and from Obudu airstrip in the state.

Rivers State owned Embraer Legacy 3000 jet solfd to Cross River’s state at a giveaway price.Rivers State owned Agusta

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2 Comments for “Governor Amaechi Buys $50 Million Bombardier Jet, Amid State’s Flood Disaster”

  1. GEORGE

    WHEN WILL THESE GOVERNORS START LIVING IN THE WORLD OF THEIR STATES, GOERNOR AMAECHI AGAIN WITHOUT ROAD FOR THE MASSES IN HIS STATE BUYING JET IS IT NOT HIGH TIME THESE GUYS NEED TO BE STONED PUBLICLY TO LISTEN

  2. [...] in his state have been displaced by the worst flooding crisis in the state’s history, reports the Osun Defender.  He traded in an Embraer Legacy 600 to buy the new [...]

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