Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the recovery and return of the state’s Legacy 600 aircraft allegedly abandoned in Germany by the immediate past administration in the state was a reality and not mere politics.
Wike, who travelled to London last Friday, spoke after receiving the aircraft at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.
The governor explained that it took an intelligence report for his administration to discover the plane.
Wike added that the immediate past administration abandoned the aircraft in Germany without any record of it being made available to his administration.
He said, “To the glory of God, the plane is back, and Rivers people can see, Nigerians can see, it is not that we are playing politics. All we are saying is, we never knew; nobody told us until we got intelligence that we have this asset somewhere.”
He recalled that the Legacy 600 Aircraft was purchased by the Dr Peter Odili-led administration to serve the interest of Rivers people but was abandoned with the General Atomics Aerotec in Munich, Germany by Rotimi Amaechi’s administration in 2012.
“What is very important to all of us here today is that when we came into power in 2015, nobody handed over any report or gave us a handover note to let us know where such an asset of the state was, only for us to hear in 2019 that this asset is somewhere,” Wike said.