Seized helicopters belong to Rivers Govt – Wike

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Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers has said that the 2 seized helicopters by the Nigerian Customs Service belong to the Rivers state authorities and that he formally wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari asking him at hand over the 2 armoured helicopters to Nigeria Air Power (NAF).

The governor’s declare contradicts the declare of NCS that the proprietor of the plane was not identified.

Wike, in an announcement issued by his spokesman, Simeon Nwakaudu, in Port Harcourt on Saturday, mentioned he wrote the president due to excessive customized duties and refusal of the Federal Authorities to grant waiver on the helicopters.

He mentioned, “these helicopters had been imported by the fast previous administration; and once I assumed workplace, we wrote to the Federal Authorities that the helicopters have been strictly for safety use.

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“I went to the Federal Authorities to offer me waiver for us to clear the helicopters however they refused.

“Thereafter, I wrote to President Buhari to guarantee him that the helicopters are meant for safety goal and that it ought to be handed over to the Nigeria Air Power.

“We acknowledged that we can not pay the customized duties as a result of the helicopters should not for industrial use; however to observe the creeks and monitor criminals.

“In any case, the place will the Rivers Authorities get cash right now to import armoured helicopters to which the earlier administration imported as a result of it had cash (on the time).

“I’m stunned that they’ve began propaganda and political falsehood on the stated armoured helicopters.

“What am I going to make use of armoured helicopters for; what sort of nation are they turning Nigeria into?” he requested.

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Wike mentioned it was unlucky that some safety businesses would allegedly resort to political propaganda and outright lies when information of the seized armoured helicopters had been recognized.

He stated it was surprising that NCS would flip round to assert that it impounded the helicopters slightly than telling the reality.

Wike claimed that the chief of workers to the president recommended the Rivers authorities when the letter was delivered to the president.

On Friday, the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport Command of NCS handed over two civil mannequin Bell helicopters imported into the nation by unknown individuals to the NAF.

The Service mentioned the plane had been seized on Nov. 7 2016.

It defined that the plane have been handed over to NAF due to the failure of the but-to-be-recognized importers to supply finish person certificates from the workplace of the Nationwide Safety Adviser.

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The Customs mentioned the motion contravened the Customs and Excise Administration Act.


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