Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Jonathan Vs Amaechi: NSA Orders Rivers Commissioner To Abuja Over Helicopter Purchase
The National Security Adviser, Col. Sabo Dasuki, has invited Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari over a press release she issued last Friday.
Semenitari had issued the press release to clear the air on the new helicopters which were recently acquired for security purposes in Rivers State.
In the press release, which was done to stave off allegations that the state governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi acquired the helicopters towards his 2015 presidential bid, Semenitari said that in fact, “The Rivers State government had announced its intention to purchase two security helicopters at different fora.
“ The Rivers State Government has always owned a private jet and has NOT purchased any new airplanes nor does it intend to purchase one. As is typical of Governor Amaechi, such purchases would be openly and transparently done and so would not need to be a matter of conjecturing."
Apart from this, she also explained how the state acquired two helicopters at the cost of S29m dollars.
Semenitari showing purchse documents, said that the Federal Government paid S15m dollars out of the amount. Semenitari is scheduled to meet the NSA at noon today.