Ayo Oritsejafor, yesterday explained he has vested interest the Bombardier Challengers 600 jet which smuggled $9.3m cash into South Africa.
The pastor’s spokesman, Bayo Adewoye, in the statement on his behalf said: “The Word of Life Bible Church has been made aware of the recent media interest regarding an aircraft (Bombardier Challenger 600, Registration No N808HG) owned by The Company Eagle Air in which our Pastor, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, holds a residual interest.
question is not operated by Pastor Oritsejafor.
“The aircraft owned by Eagle Air Company, who have confirmed that since August 2, 2014, the aircraft has
been leased to and is operated by Green Coast Produce Limited. This is a standard practice in the industry.
“Any and all enquiries in respect of the day-to-day operations of this aircraft are properly directed to the Management of Green Coast Produce Limited. We will be happy to help the authorities with any enquiries.”
to press reports in respect of an aircraft (Bombardier Challenger 600, Registration No N808HG) in which our company holds a residual interest.
“We wish to confirm that the said aircraft has since August 2, 2014 been leased to and is operated by Green Coast Produce Limited.”
managing charter services with the aircraft in accordance and compliance with global best practices.”
b) Return to Abuja on the 6th of September 2014
c) To wait and return with the passengers
“As with every other aircraft charter company, our knowledge of the cargo carried on the aircraft was in
accordance with the information provided by ABC Limited.
“We are not liable and cannot be construed as a party to any alleged infractions, either in Nigeria or South
Africa as he case may be, after the hire of the aircraft.
“We issue this statement without prejudice to any statutory or commissioned investigation being
conducted or to be conducted in South Africa or Nigeria.”
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said money laundering is a criminal offence which aviation agencies have little power over.
He said:”What I can tell you now is that money laundering is a criminal offence. The matter is being handled at the two governments’ level. If at the end of the investigation the crew are found culpable, we will sanction them.”
authority as the aircraft got the necessary flight approvals including take off rights and flight plan, but it
was left for other agencies like the Nigerian Immigration Service and Nigerian Customs Service to find out the content of luggage on an aircraft.
the prerogative of Customs and Immigration and other agencies to check. “There is a law in place on how to carry money.”
The security expert warned that such aircraft should not be allowed to fly beyond their country of point of entry.