CAN President, Oritsejafor Admits Ownership of Private Jet Caught Stashed with Cash in South Africa
President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has admitted ownership of the Challenger 600 private jet with registration number N808HG seized weekend by South African authorities with a stack of $10 million in cash meant for arms purchase.
Mr. Oritsejafor’s church, the word of Life Bible Church, stated this in a statement on Tuesday.
The church said the pastor has a “residual interest” in Eagle Air, a company that manages the aircraft.
It however said the Private Jet was leased to another company, meaning Mr. Oritsejafor had no control over the use of the aircraft.
“On behalf of Pastor Oritsejafor, we can confirm that although he holds an interest in Eagle Air, the aircraft in question is not operated by Pastor Oritsejafor,” the Church said.
The aircraft was leased to, and is operated by Green Coast Produce Limited since August 2, the statement added.
Also confirming that the Private Jet is owned by Mr. Oritsejafor, Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka, said the jet owned by the pastor had been leased out to another party.
In an earlier statement, Eagle Air Company which Oritsejafor’s church has now admitted he has interest in, admitted ownership of the jet held in South Africa for conveying $9.3 million cash for alleged arms deal.
Eagle Air Company said the jet had since the 2nd of August 2014 been leased to and is operated by Green Coast Produce Limited. They therefore added that any issues with the jet have to be directed to the Management of Green Coast Produce Limited.
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