The total number of private jet owners in Nigeria have been estimated to be above 30. The private jet owners in Nigeria are made up of a mixed crop of policians, business moguls, musicians, preachers, executives and others. A shocking figure by the BBC Stated Nigeria as spending an excess of $6.5 billion on private jets. Nigeria is the country with the most number of private jet owners in Africa. Below are the Top Owners of private jet in Nigeria.
1. ORJI UZOR KALUA billionaire and one of the few Nigerians on Forbes list, he is the former governor of Abia State and chairman of the conglomerate, Slok Group. Kalu tops the chart of private jet owners in Nigeria – he has five, the largest private jet fleet in Nigeria, The following are Kalu’s jets: GULFSTREAM G650: He reportedly bought this for $72 million (N11.5 billion) making it most probably the most expensive jet in Nigeria. Even the French-made Falcon 7X of the Presidential Air Fleet bought by President Goodluck Jonathan, the immediate past president of nigeria does not come close – that cost just $50 million or N10 billion. GULFSTREAM IV (he has/had three of this) and BOMBARDIER’S GLOBAL EXP XRS.
2. SENATOR ALI MODU SHERIFF Like Kalu, Sheriff is also a former governor of Borno State. Now one of the most prominent politicians in Nigeria, Sheriff is also ahead of the pack with a total of four jets, as follows: GULFSTREAM G650, Dornier (he has/had three of this).
3. BISHOP DAVID OYEDEPOHe is the head of the Winners Chapel, one of Nigeria’s most popular churches and he has a total of four jets: GULFSTREAM G550 VG450 BOMBARDIER 604: Registered as Bombardier Challenger 604 (N664D) – D. Oyedepo / Dominion Air / World Mission Agency.
4. OTUNBA MIKE ADENUGAHe is the second richest man in Nigeria and has three private jets: FALCON 7X (same type as the one in the Presidential Air Fleet, purchased by former President Goodluck Jonathan, costs $50 million or N10 billion naira) BOMBARDIER (see photo below) The aircraft are registered as: BAe 125-600 (5N- EMA), Bombardier Challenger 604 (VP-BJM) – M. Adenuga / Southern Air Bombardier Global Express XRS (VP-CNA)
5. ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBUA former governor of Lagos State in Nigeria and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, he bought a second jet around May 2014. Reportedly a brand-new Bombadier Global Express XRS valued at $50 million (N10 billion).
6. ALIKO DANGOTEHe is the richest black in the world and he has two jets: BOMBARDIER EXPRESS The aircraft are registered as BAe 125-700 (5N-BEX) – A. Dangote BAe 125-1000 (5N-DGN) – A. Dangote
7. FOLORUNSHO ALAKIJAThe richest woman in Nigeria owns a Bombardier Express business jet (Bombardier Global Express XRS (VP-CEO).
8. AYO ORITSEJAFOR The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria. He owns a Bombardier jet (registered as Bombardier Challenger 601 (N431CB) which he said was a gift.
9. IGHO CHARLES SANOMI II A businessman and engineer, he owns a Bombardier Challenger 605 (VP-CSI).
10. RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENTPurchased by the former governor of oil-rich Rivers State, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi. It is a Brazilian- made Embraer Legacy said to be for the state government (Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 600 (5N- RSG) and a Bombardier (Bombardier Global 5000 (N565RS). Rivers State’s Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 5N-RSG 14500891 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. It is named ‘Our Lady Queen ofVictories’.