A Nigerian international investigative journalist, David Hundeyin has stated that the supposed Nigeria Carrier , Nigeria Air is a fraud.
David who is known for many explosive works took to his Twitter on Friday to state that the Minister of Avaition, Hadi Sirika committed fraud with the Nigeria Air.
Recall that the Nigeria Air arrived at Abuja, Nigeria on Friday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport as promised by the minister
David said “Aviation minister @hadisirika is committing broad daylight fraud by displaying this rented and hurriedly repainted @flyethiopian Boeing 737-800 as an aircraft belonging to a phantom “Nigeria Air”.
“According to our investigations, the two aircrafts were flown to Turkey were they were repianted and furnished in Nigeria’s colours before they were sneaked into Nigeria for a static display which would hold at 4pm on May 26. They are due back in Addis Ababa after the static display.”
David showed a part of the plane in the video of the plane when it landed in Abuja. He took the registration number of the plane to do a quick search.
“I obtained the video below of the purported “Nigeria Air” 737-800 from a source at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital.
As you can see when you freeze the frame, the aircraft is clearly registered to @flyethiopian with the registration number ET-APL”
If you put that registration number into @planespotters, you can clearly see that it is an 11 year-old Boeing 737-800 belonging to @flyethiopian.
It has also briefly appeared in the colours of @MalawianAirline (@flyethiopian owns 49% of @MalawianAirline)”
He said the plane was repainted and brought to Nigeria.
“When you check @flightradar24, you can see that this aircraft is still in active @flyethiopian service, but after disappearing to Tel-Aviv for 5 days (undergoing repainting), has now resurfaced in Abuja to be fraudulently “commissioned” later today by @hadisirika”
According to David, already, Sirika’s office had sent out invitations to government officials, emirs and stakeholders to grace the static display, which would hold in Abuja.”
The questions that @hadisirika needs to answer are:
What exactly is the nature of the ownership and technical agreement between @flyethiopian and the so-called ‘Nigeria Air’?
“Why did he spend billions of naira on this project to deliver essentially a @flyethiopian subsidiary?”
“Why is he fraudulently misrepresenting a @flyethiopian Beoing 737 that is still in ACTIVE service, and flew with @flyethiopian colours as recently as 6 days ago (May 21), as an aircraft belonging to “Nigeria Air”, that will be commissioned by the hapless outgoing president?”