FORMER FINANCE DIRECTOR SAYS AIR NIGERIA PLANES NEED PROPER MAINTENANCE

FORMER FINANCE DIRECTOR SAYS AIR NIGERIA PLANES NEED PROPER MAINTENANCE
 John
I. Nnorom, a former Executive Director for Finance at Air Nigeria, has
warned Nigerians to stop flying the airline until they are sure that its
planes are being properly maintained.
In a blistering public
petition, Mr. Nnorom, who resigned his appointment with the airline on
April 1, 2012, blamed the situation on big businessman Jimoh Ibrahim,
the chairman of Air Nigeria, whom he accused of being uninterested
in
the maintenance of company aircraft.
“Some of the certifying
Engineers and I are under threat of assassination by Barrister Jimoh
Ibrahim, if we reveal this secret to Nigerians,” he said.
Mr. Nnorom
said that upon his resignation, he wrote a letter in which he said he
preferred to die than to be a witness to over 100 souls perishing in an
Air Nigeria aircraft.

He disclosed that Air Nigeria is in
financial crisis because money loaned by Bank of Industry of
N35.5Billion has been diverted into Mr. Ibrahim’s NICON INVESTMENT LTD, a
non-finance company popularly called wonder bank, leading to air safety
being compromised, and stressed that there is a great possibility of a
disastrous Air Nigeria crash, which can occur at any time.
He
recalled that in Jan 2012, Licensed Engineers in Air Nigeria went on
strike because they were being forced to certify unfit aircraft into the
air, and another strike was averted in March 2012 following the
intervention of the DG-NCAA, Demureen. Both events, he said, were based
on failure on Failure To Meet Safety Standard, and are verifiable
information the public is aware of.

Why are Air Nigeria flights
sometimes delayed for as many as eight hours? According to the
petitioner, that is because the aircraft for that flight is not ready.
“While passengers are waiting, engineers are battling to put the
aircraft on Air. Several times our Aircraft on Runway taxing to
takeoff, turns back to offload passengers due to some technical faults
observed by Pilots.”

He said that of the 11 aircraft being
operated by Air Nigeria, only one, Embraer, is safe to fly Nigeria Air
space, with all of the others needing “deep and heavy” technical
maintenance.
“This explains why Air Nigeria has never operated more
than six Aircraft out of eleven Aircraft. Air Nigeria do not have the
money to fix these Aircrafts. Let anybody go and check now, some of the
Aircraft and Engines have been grounded for the past one year.”


Mr. Nnorom even advised Nigerians who choose to take the risk of flying
Air Nigeria not to eat or drink anything, pointing out that passengers
have been poisoned because Air Nigeria serves bottled pure water, and
that passengers have complained of being served “smelling waters.”


Mr. Nnorom further claimed in the petition that Mr. Ibrahim’s
companies, including Air Nigeria, do not have tax clearance
certificates. He listed the others as Global Fleet Oil & Gas, NICON
Insurance, Nigeria RE-Insurance, NICON Properties Ltd, Nicon Luxury,
Nicon Hotels Okitipupa, VGC & PHC, Newswatch Communications,
Newswatch Daily and National Mirror.

“In Air Nigeria, just to
renew expatriate resident permit, Bar Jimoh Ibrahim will instruct a
vendor to forge all the tax clearance papers which is filed with the
immigration.”

Mr. Nnorom alleges that Mr. Ibrahim:

As the chairman of Air Nigeria, has diverted N5billion From a BOI
aviation industry intervention loan Of N35.5billion granted last year by
the federal government through the Central Bank of Nigeria into NICON
INVESTMENT LTD;

• Diverted $18m Out Of $40m Afrixim
federal government support of the aviation industry; with $26,969,505.63
diverted into Mr. Ibrahim’s acquisition of Energy Bank of Ghana;


• Diverted N10 billion released by the government through the
office of the Accountant-General of Nigeria for the payment of
pensioners into Nicon Insurance Plc released the sum of, with no
pensioner being paid.
Mr. Nnorom insisted that Mr. Ibrahim is
trying to kill him, and attached his letter of resignation and
subsequent acknowledgement by the CEO and FOREIGN LEASSORS to the
petition.

“On the SFU, recovery of $75,000 from me, I was
never arrested, never invited by SFU, did not make any statement, I do
not know how money was recovered from me,” he said. “I am ready to
sponsor any person to come with me to SFU and show me my statement,”
attributing the matter to Mr. Ibrahim’s “poor character of cheap
blackmail.”

According to the former Executive Director, “Jimoh
Ibrahim is after my life but if my death will save hundred Nigerian
souls from plane crash and that is the will of GOD, my soul will be
happy to meet my creator anytime.”
-Saharareporters

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