FG grounds Adeboye’s private Chopper

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FG grounds Adeboye’s private Chopper

 

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has grounded a private chopper meant for evangelism belonging to Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God at the Lagos Airport following the expiration of some of the documents and spare parts.

A source who volunteered information said the aircraft, Agusta Westland AW139 chopper, with registration number 5N-EAA, had Been suspended from flying.

“The suspension would also allow the regulator to conduct vital safety checks on its safety-critical components, especially some spare parts that are due for replacement”, said the official.

Adeboye had, last Saturday during a special meeting with all ordained ministers of the mission at the RCCG, Region 21, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capita, called for drastic action against corrupt practices in all facets of Nigeria.

The RCCG leader, who flew the private chopper to the venue, said he arrived late for the meeting because someone had requested a bribe from him to fly his chopper.

He said he had decided to embark on the trip via his chopper to avoid a possible gridlock on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The 79-year-old mathematician-turned-preacher said, he didn’t give excuses because I have discovered long ago that only failures give excuses. But you must pray for Nigeria.

“Something must be done about corruption in this nation. All I can say is that I am this late because somebody wanted a bribe. And you know if you are expecting a bribe from me, you have to wait forever.

“But the devil has failed. And the devil will continue to fail. I decided to come by helicopter so that there won’t be a traffic jam that would tie me down on the expressway because I know what the devil could do. Then, I ran into something else. But by the grace of God, we are here.”

Although we could not ascertain who requested the alleged bribe from the revered servant of God, investigations by the paper revealed that the cleric’s chopper was suspended from flying by the regulatory authority over safety issues.

Multiple aviation sources confirmed that Adeboye could not fly his chopper with registration number 5N-EAA to the Ibadan programme but had to fly another aircraft reportedly belonging to Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel).

 

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