Reports say Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka on September 16, 2014 disclosed that Oritsejafor leased the jet to another party and had no ‘control over the use of the aircraft’ since August 2, 2014.
Ayo Oritsejafor, the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has admitted ownership of a Nigerian private jet caught in Johannesburg with N160M allegedly intended for an arms sale, several reports say.
Premium Times reports that Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka on September 16, 2014 disclosed to the online newspaper that Oritsejafor however leased the jet to another party and had no ‘control over the use of the aircraft’ since August 2, 2014.
Reports say the aircraft was leased to, and is operated by Green Coast Produce Limited.
News of the seizure of the jet and cash, broke over the weekend. South Africa-based newspaper City Press reported that two Nigerians and an Israeli were caught with the sum of N160M allegedly meant for buying and supplying weapons to the Nigeria intelligence services. The men had landed at Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg on September 5, 2014 in the said jet from Abuja
The reports apparently triggered questions about the ownership of the jets and weapons they intended to purchase. Sahara Reporters in a report this week linked the aircraft to the Warri based Pastor.
Oritsejafor owns The Word of Life Bible Church, based in Warri, Delta State. A part of the statement released by the church reads;
‘On behalf of Pastor Oritsejafor, we can confirm that although he holds an interest in Eagle Air, the aircraft in question is not operated by Pastor Oritsejafor’.
Pulse.ng reached The Word of Life Bible Church via telephone, there was no response.