Abuja - The National Task Force on Illegal Importation of Light Weapons and Small Arms (NIFIILWSM) has blamed the proliferation of firearms in the country on the acquisition of private jets in the country.
Director General of the Task Force, Osita Okereke, raised concern at the trend ahead of next year’s general election.
Speaking in Okrika in the Rivers State, he further affirmed that politicians, especially governors were in a “rush” to buy private jets without proper checks, which could bring in arms in order to project their political pursuit.
He added that governors could not be exonerated from the arms proliferation.
Nigeria arguably holds the record of a country with the highest private jet ownership in the continent.
Aircraft manufacturers like Bombardier, Gulf Stream, Embraer, Hawker Siddley and Challenger have made found a lucrative market for jets owing to a high demand for such equipment among wealthy Nigerians.
The most common brands of private jets in Nigeria are Hawker Siddley 125-800 and 900XP, Gulfstream 450, 550 and 650, Bombardier Challenger 604 and, 605, Global Express, Embraer Legacy and Falcons.
– CAJ News