SaharaReporters has uncovered flight information on how Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, used a private jet to fly his wife and children to the United Kingdom despite the lockdown restriction on the airspace.
The Nigerian Government had announced that only essential travels will be permitted by air across the country but flight manifest sighted by SaharaReporters shows that Emefiele used a private jet – a Global Express Bombardier 550 luxury jet with registration number N104DA – belonging to businessman, Aliko Dangote.
It costs at least $10,000 per hour – about N3.8m – to fly on this luxury jet.
The jet left Nigeria on Monday, June 1, 2020 at about 8pm Nigerian time and arrived in the UK at 2:37am.
The flight was operated by Executive Jet Services co-owned by Dangote and Sam Iwajoku – the same company embroiled in a recent controversy over the violation of the nation’s lockdown by flying musician, Naira Marley, to Abuja from Lagos to perform at a concert at Jabi Lake Mall.
According to SaharaReporters, the jet carried Mrs Margaret Emefiele, his sons – Godwin Pammichukwu Jnr. and Andrew Olisehike Emefiele.
The CBN governor is believed to have flown his family out of harm’s way or back to school in the UK or beyond as the flight was clearly a non-essential one.