The Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Mrs Ibim Semenitari has been summoned by the National Security Adviser, Col. Sabo Dasuki (retd) over a press release she issued last Friday.
The press release was issued to clear the air on the new helicopters which were recently acquired for security purposes in Rivers State but which had become a subject of controversy between the Presidency and the Rivers State Government.
The press release, which debunked the allegation that the state governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi acquired the helicopters towards his 2015 presidential ambition, stated that in fact, “The Rivers State government had announced its intention to purchase two security helicopters at different fora.
“The Rivers State Government has always owned a private jet and has NOT purchased any new airplanes nor does it intend to purchase one. As is typical of Governor Amaechi, such purchases would be openly and transparently done and so would not need to be a matter of conjecturing.”
Apart from this, she also explained how the state acquired two helicopters at the cost of S29m dollars.
Semenitari, showing purchase documents, said that the Federal Government paid S15m dollars out of the amount.
Semenitari was scheduled to meet the NSA at noon today.