Rivers State Governor – Nyesom Wike, has revealed details on how a state-owned aircraft was discovered in Germany.

The discovery which Governor Wike credited to intelligence reports, also highlights the abandonment of the Legacy 600 craft since 2012 by the previous administration of Rivers State.

He also condemned the actions of the previous governor Chibuike Amaechi, for approving the flight of a state-owned asset to Germany without proper documentations, and further described the move as unconscionable and surreptitious.

Governor Wike who discussed the issue during a sit-down with General Manager, Business Development, General Atomics Aerotec, Markus Froetschi, also had present his delegation in Germany. He also revealed that his administration had spent €3 million for repair and retrieval of the aircraft.

“When we came into office in 2015, we never had an idea that our plane was in your facility. It was a matter of asking questions before we got the information that Legacy 600 belonging to our state is in RUAG, before General Atomics. 

“We tried to make contact with you and which you obliged. So, we want to sincerely thank you for not hiding anything from us, because it is the property of the state government. 

“This plane was bought in 2003 by the government of Dr Peter Odili, and by 2007, he had handed over to the next government, which was my predecessor, now Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. 

“While he was in office, by 2012 this plane was brought here. Reasons we do not know.” 

“The issue is, why was there no documentation to let the incoming government know that we have this facility and we sent it to RUAG for inspection. Again, I do know from experience that inspection of such facility does not take more than six months. So, if it was brought in 2012, expectantly at least, by early 2013, the plane ought to have come back for use.” 

The aircraft will now be returned to Rivers State at an agreed date, following the departure of the entire delegation.

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