River State commissioner for information, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, has confirmed the purchase. The state bought a brand new $45million Bombardier Global 5000 (N565RS) jet for Governor Chibuike Amaechi.
According to the commissioner, the jet was paid for two years ago, and they bought it for ‘safety reasons’. She said the governor consulted the Rivers state House of Assembly and they approved the purchase.
SaharaReporters reported that the jet was primarily purchased from Bombardier in Canada for $45.7 million through the Bank of Utah Trustee account, and was delivered to the state government on October 7th 2012.
Meanwhile, the Rivers state commissioner said the old aircraft, an Embraer Legacy 600, will be sold.