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Amaechi, Akpabio, Suntai Ex-Govs got N2.484bn waiver for new private jets, helicopter

Three ex-Governors, Amaechi, Suntai and Akpabio have been named as some of the beneficiaries of Federal Government waiver on purchase of private jets and helicopter.

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Ex-Governors of Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Taraba State, Godswill Akpabio; Rotimi Amaechi and Danbaba Suntai reportedly benefited from huge waivers running to billions of Naira on the purchase of private jets and helicopters.

According to a report by Premium Times, in 2012, the ex-Governors got waives running into N2.484bn for purchasing choice aircrafts that include a G450 5N 4241 Aircraft, Bombardier aircraft, Bell 412 Axis Helicopters and a Bell 407 Helicopter.

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Godswill Akpabio


In the report which shows N68.8billion was granted as waivers by the President Goodluck Jonathan's led administration in 2012, Akpabio and Suntai were some of the individuals that benefited immensely from the gesture.

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Akwa Ibom State government, under Akpabio, received waiver to purchase a G450 5N 4241 Aircraft, which attracted an import duty of N271.3million.

In the same vein, the Taraba State government under Danbaba Suntai received waiver to buy a Bell 407 Helicopter with the import duty on of N13.1million.

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Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

(Telegraph UK)


Ex-Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi got himself his own waivers in 2013.

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According to the report, the current Minister for Transportation got waivers to buy a Bombardier aircraft Global Vision 5,000 series and two Bell 412 Axis Helicopters attracting a total import duties of N2.2billion which was waived.

The report was aided by data obtained from the Budget Office of the Federation which details a fiscal policy recklessness that made duty waivers in Nigeria questionable.

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