The Canadian company which arranged how the Rivers State Government’s controversial Bombardier Global 6000 private jet was ferried into Nigeria last year has written to the Federal Government, explaining how the jet got to the country through Senegal, among other details.
The company, ACASS Canada Limited, stated how it assisted the Rivers State Government to take the delivery and possession of the aircraft from the manufacturer, Bombardier of Canada.
The letter dated May 1, 2013 and signed by ACASS’s Executive Vice-President, Mr. David Dorrance, was directed to the Federal Government through the Acting Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Joyce Nkemlokam. The company, however, said its support service contract with the aircraft culminated in the delivery and turnover of possession of the Canadian-made jet to the Government of Rivers State on September 28, 2012, in the United States of America.
The letter reads in part, “ACASS Canada Ltd is a Canadian, incorporated company, working in the business aviation industry. We offer our expertise to clients around the world, including assisting new aircraft owners with the entry into service of their new aircraft and sometimes, providing temporary crew and logistics support of such aircraft operations by their owners.” “It has come to our attention that you are inquiring about the operations of a certain Bombardier Global Vision Aircraft, registration number N565RS, concerning its activities in Nigeria.
“We assisted the Government of Rivers State of Nigeria with taking delivery and possession of their new aircraft. During these preparations, we requested, on behalf of our client, assistance for the Nigerian importation of the aircraft through Caverton Helicopters which was never consummated or received.
“Our entry into service support culminated in the delivery and turnover of possession of the aircraft to the Government of Rivers State on September 28, 2012, in the USA with the exception of crew support and advisory support.”