It is time there is a total ban on all private jets in Nigeria. These are now weapons of oppression of the poor masses and tools for the import of arms and smuggling of narcotics. They are also an impetus for corruption. The bust in South Africa on September 5th of a Private jet from Abuja, a Bombardier Challenger 600, N808HG, registered in the name of Bank of Utah, USA and piloted by Captain Tunde Ojongbede is the last prompt for this ban.
Two Nigerians and an Israeli were reportedly arrested in Johannesburg with $9.3 million, brand new bills in suitcases trying to smuggle in the cash to buy arms. They claimed to have official documents from the Nigerian Intelligence office for this purchase; however global laws on arms importation specify the globally registered bank transfer protocol for such transactions. This was an illegal, criminal operation to purchase arms for terror and as evidence is revealed, this is likely to be organized by officials in the Nigerian security department, sponsors of terror in Nigeria. [Story]
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) department seized the funds and is investigating. Investigations revealed that the same jet had successfully made a round into the country last month, coming in and leaving in two days. These Private jets are also successfully traversing other nations with more lax security and successfully purchasing and importing arms for Boko Haram, Ombatse and Niger Delta terror, into Nigeria.
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The Director General, National Task force on Illegal Importation of Light Weapons and Small Arms, Osita Okereke, said on Channels Television breakfast programme July 2013: “they (governors) take private jets abroad, purchase arms and land in their state –no security man has right to search or search him because it is a governor’s item. You cannot stop, you cannot search them.” Mr Okereke gave this remark over the availability of arms in Zamfara state which the state Governor plans to arm vigilante groups within the state, to address its insecurity. According to Mr Okereke, the revelation from Zamfara is just the one we (the public) know. There are many governors with so many arms in this country that the numbers of arms they are having is ‘uncountable’. “There are so many of them in various states. These governors have brought in arms that are uncountable” he affirmed. [See here] The Zamfara governor in 2013 imported 1500 double-barrels into the nation. They were confiscated and that was all we heard about the story.
It is time to ban Private jet travel. Cabal, Government thieves and other unscrupulous entities pollute the air, divert funds for the construction of interstate roads and smuggle guns and narcotics with these Private jets. The Government must now construct standard interstate trunks and ban the use of Private planes. Nigeria has not developed socially to the stage where we can use such equipment. Our security services and Airport operators are below standard; they allow the smuggling out of limitless sums of cash and smuggling in of arms by the Political killers and Security and army chiefs in power who are above the law.
We call on all Nigerians to join the protest for the ban on Private jets; weapons of mass destruction and mass oppression in Nigeria.
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