Abiyamo brings you a piece on private jets in the world’s most populous black nation. As at March 2014, the BBC reported that Nigerians spent over $6.5 billion dollars on private jets, making it one of the fastest-growing luxury jet industries in the world.
The following are private jets in Nigeria and their owners, but check out the videos below first:
1 – ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU
A former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, he purchased a second jet around May 2014. Reportedly a brand-new Bombadier Global Express XRS valued at $50 million (N10 billion), it is believed the jet was extensively used during the 2015 presidential campaigns which later saw to the victory of Muhammadu Buhari. See photos below (image credits: Bayo Omoboriowo & Tolu Jinadu).
2 – ORJI UZOR KALU
Kalu inside his newest jet.
A billionaire and one of the few Nigerians on Forbes list, he is the former governor of Abia State and chairman of the conglomerate, Slok Group. Kalu tops the chart of private jet owners in Nigeria – he has five, the largest private jet fleet in Nigeria, and in the early hours of Thursday, 18th September 2014, his fifth jet, a Gulfstream G650, made its maiden entry into the Nigerian airspace after it touched down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
Orji is surely living the life.
The following are Kalu’s jets:
- GULFSTREAM G650: He reportedly bought this for $72 million (N11.5 billion) making it most probably the most expensive jet in Nigeria. Even the French-made Falcon 7X of the Presidential Air Fleet bought by President Goodluck Jonathan does not come close – that cost just $50 million or N10 billion.
This is a Gulfstream G650 and is made in the United States. Photo credits: Creative Commons. A unit costs $65 million and can cost a lot more with modifications.
- GULFSTREAM IV (he has/had three of this).
Gulfstream IV / G400 C-20F/G/H/J GIV-SP / G350 / G450. Image credits: Creative Commons.
G-V-SP Gulfstream G550 (Gulfstream V).
- BOMBARDIER’S GLOBAL EXP XRS.
Gulfstream G650 Bombardier Global Express
A Bombardier Global Express. It is Canadian-made.
3 – SENATOR ALI MODU SHERIFF
Like Kalu, Sheriff is also a former governor of Borno State.
Now one of the most prominent politicians in Nigeria, Sheriff is also ahead of the pack with a total of four jets, as follows:
- GULFSTREAM G650, Dornier (he has/had three of this).
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff (SAS) and one of his private jets.
4 – BISHOP DAVID OYEDEPO
He is the head of the Winners Chapel, one of Nigeria’s most popular churches and he has a total of four jets:
- GULFSTREAM G550
- BOMBARDIER 604: Registered as Bombardier Challenger 604 (N664D) – D. Oyedepo / Dominion Air / World Mission Agency, see photo below:
Image credits: Airliners.net
5 – ALIKO DANGOTE
He is the richest black in the world and he has two jets:
- BOMBARDIER EXPRESS
The aircraft are registered as
- BAe 125-700 (5N-BEX) – A. Dangote
- BAe 125-1000 (5N-DGN) – A. Dangote
- FALCON 7X (same type as the one in the Presidential Air Fleet, purchased by former President Goodluck Jonathan, costs $50 million or N10 billion naira)
Falcon 7X (5N-FGU) Nigerian Air Force, March 5, 2011. CREDITS: Didier Didairbus (Used with permission, all rights reserved by owner).
- BOMBARDIER (see photo below)
- The aircraft are registered as: BAe 125-600 (5N-EMA),
- Bombardier Challenger 604 (VP-BJM) – M. Adenuga / Southern Air
- Bombardier Global Express XRS (VP-CNA)
Mike Adenuga’s private jet: Bombardier BD-700 Global Express VP-CNA cn 9341. CREDITS: Guillaume Besnard Aviation Photography. You can read all about Mike Adenuga HERE.
7 – RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT
Purchased by the former governor of oil-rich Rivers State, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi. It is a Brazilian-made Embraer Legacy said to be for the state government (Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 600 (5N-RSG) and a Bombardier (Bombardier Global 5000 (N565RS). See the photo below:
Rivers State’s Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 5N-RSG 14500891 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. It is named ‘Our Lady Queen of Victories’. Image credits: JetPhotos.
8 – AKWA IBOM STATE GOVERNMENT
Purchased by the former governor of the oil-rich Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, it is a Gulfstream, also said to belong to the state government. Gulfstream G450 (N224BH) is the name of registration of the jet.
9 – PASTOR ENOCH ADEBOYE
He is the head of the Redeemed Church of God and owns a Gulfstream GIV (N707EA) registered as E. Adeboye / Emmanuel Aviation. See photo below:
Image credits: JustinAtagbo.Blogspot.com
10 – NIGER STATE GOVERNMENT
The immediate former governor of Niger State, Muazu Babangida Aliyu cruised around in a Gulfstream V.
Governor Aliyu celebrating his 50th birthday inside a private jet in November 2012. He was roundly condemned for this.
11 – FOLORUNSHO ALAKIJA
12 – AYO ORITSEJAFOR
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria. He owns a Bombardier jet (registered as Bombardier Challenger 601 (N431CB) which he said was a gift, see photo below:
Credits: Stephen Aviation Photos.
13 – MOHAMMED INDIMI
A billionaire businessman, he is also an owner of a private jet (Gulfstream GIV (N52MK). Indimi is the founder and chairman of Oriental Energy Resources, a privately-held Nigerian oil exploration and production company.
Mohammed Indimi. Image credits: Forbes.
Mohammed Indimi inside his private jet with daughter.
The following are Nigerians that have owned their own private jets in the past, some as far back as the 1970s.
14 – MKO ABIOLA
Credits: Dele Momodu.
15 – THE DANTATAS
Aliko Dangote (L) with Alhaji Sanusi Dantata outside his private jet named Dansa Cola. PHOTO CREDITS: DDDD/IBRAHIM DANGOTE.
16 – BAUCHI STATE GOVERNMENT
The Bauchi State Government also has a private jet (Embraer EMB145LR (5N-BJM)).
17 – TARABA STATE GOVERNMENT
Taraba State Government owns an Embraer EMB145EU (5N-BOZ).
18 – PRINCE ARTHUR EZE
Prince Arthur Eze, billionaire businessman owns a Gulfstream GIV (5N-PZE).
19 – SAM IWUAJOKU
He is the head of Quits Aviation Services, Lagos. He owns a Hawker 800A (5N-QTS).
Aliko Dangote and Sam Iwuajoku meeting with Bill Gates at the Quits Aviation Center in Lagos Nigeria. Image credits: Pilot BlogBook.com
20 – ALEX IZINYON II
He is the Managing Associate at Izinyon & Co, President/General Counsel at Izy Air Ltd.
Dr. Alex A. Izinyon, SAN, OFR. Credits: www.iziyonco.com
He owns two:
- Hawker 800XP (5N-IZY) – A. Izinyon / Izy Air
- Cessna 550 Citation Bravo (5N-IZZ) – Izy Air
21 – HARRY AKANDE
22 – SIR JOHNSON IA ARUMEMI-IKHIDE
He is the owner of Arik Air. He owns a Global Express XRS (VQ-BJA; ‘Gregory’). In 2002, he had bought two Hawker jets for private use, he founded Arik Air the same year.
23 – JIMOH IBRAHIM
Ibrahim owns a Bombardier Challenger 605 (N605GF).
24 – IGHO CHARLES SANOMI II
A businessman and engineer, he owns a Bombardier Challenger 605 (VP-CSI).
Igho Charles Sanomi.
25 – THEOPHILUS DANJUMA
- Hawker 900XP (M-SAPT) – T.Y. Danjuma / SAPETRO Aviation
- Bombardier Challenger 605 (M-SAPL) – T.Y. Danjuma
One of TY Danjuma’s jets. Image credits: Mickael Payet/Nigerian Aviation.
26 – ONAJITE OKOLOKO
Onajite is the Group Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director of Notore Chemical Industries Limited, the only producer of Urea Fertiliser in Sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa. He owns a Hawker 900xp (ZS-SGV).
Onajite Okoloko. Photo credits: Maestro Media.
27 – DR. ERNEST NNAEMEKA AZUDIALU-OBIEJESI
A graduate of University of Benin, he is the founder and Group Managing Director of Nestoil PLC, Nigeria’s foremost indigenous oil and gas company. He owns a Gulfstream GIV (N990EA).
Dr Ernest Azudialu Obiejesi. Credits: www.biznisafrica.co.za
28- DANGOTE GROUP
Learjet 45 (N104DN) (acquired by Dangote Group)
Learjet 45 (N104DN) Acquired by Dangote Group.
The issue of private jets in Nigeria is a very colourful, controversial and exciting one. In 2014, former President Goodluck Jonathan rattled an entire nation when he said:
“Nigeria is not a poor country. Nigerians are the most travelled people. There is no country you go that you will not see Nigerians. The GDP of Nigeria is over half a trillion dollars and the economy is growing at close to 7 per cent. Aliko Dangote was recently classified among the 25 richest people in the World. I visited Kenya recently on a state visit and there was a programme for Nigerian and Kenyan business men to interact and the number of private jets that landed in Nairobi that day was a subject of discussion in Kenyan media for over a week.
“If you talk about ownership of private jets, Nigeria will be among the first 10 countries, yet they are saying that Nigeria is among the five poorest countries. Some of you will experience that there is an amount of money you will give to a Nigerian who needs help and will not even regard it and thank you but if you travel to other countries and give such an amount, the person will celebrate.But the World Bank statistics shows that Nigeria is among the five poorest countries. Our problem is not poverty, our problem is redistribution of wealth.’’
That same year, the fleet of jets that accompanied Jonathan to Kenya was parodied and mocked in the video below:
SSOURCE: Naija Archives