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$9.3m scandal: NCAA keeps mum on plane’s status

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has refused to comment on the registration status of the private jet that was impounded by the South African Government on money laundering charges.

When contacted on Wednesday, the spokesperson for the NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, said he did not have the details on whether or not the jet was registered.

He said, “I don’t have the details. Those who should know are not on ground.”

But he refused to give out names.

When contacted, NCAA’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Fan Ndubuoke, was indisposed and could not comment on the issue.

However, a top source in the ministry, who did not want to be quoted because he was not permitted to speak on the issue, said that the private jet in question was not registered.

The source said, “I can confirm to you that most private jets in the country are not registered here, they are foreign-registered. The truth is that when these aircrafts/jets come into the country, the law does not allow them to land in more than one place until it has been fully registered.

“But I can tell you that it’s not the case here. The owners refuse to register them, because they are trying to avoid paying custom duties on them.

“And so, a lot of these foreign jets come in and fly from place to place here, but that should not be the case, and the authorities just see them and ignore them.”

He added that the fact that those jets were not registered in the country made it difficult for any sanctions to be placed on them.

The Chief Executive Officer, Centurion Security and Safety Consult, Group Capt. John Ojikutu (retd.), told our correspondent that aircrafts not registered in the country could not be sanctioned by the government.

He said, “In my opinion, there is nothing much that our country can do with regards to what is going especially if the jet/planes are foreign registered.”

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