On August 2, 2021, the Nigerian Customs Service announced that 30 of the verified 65 private planes in Nigeria must pay duties to the Federal Government.
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NCS revealed that there are 65 verified private plane owners in Nigeria, although Customs didn’t reveal the names of the wealthy Nigerians who fly around the world in private planes.
the Customs boss said
“Considering the rising number of compliance and the number of jets that are liable for payment of duties as well as indications by those people to do so, the Comptroller-General has again graciously given them another two weeks.
“The exercise as I stated in our previous briefings, is not intended to be punitive or to embarrass them but to ensure that these private jets that operate in the country are properly documented.
Owning a private jet in Nigeria isn’t just for convenience, but also a display of wealth and affluence and quite a handful of Nigerians are proud owners of this luxury piece of flying metal. General checks that should be done on a private jet include ‘C’ checks, software checks, fuel level, preflight, post-flight and weekly inspections etc. On average, the maintenance cost of a private jet costs about $500,000 to $1 million (approx. 290 million – 580 million NGN) per year yet people still pay this amount.
However, on this list, we’ve compiled 26 names of top Nigerian billionaires, celebrities, politicians, and men of God who don’t fly commercial lines, rather they own one or more private jets.
Some of them also have helicopters to shuttle within the 36 states of the federation plus the Federal Capital Territory.
Aliko Dangote Private Jet
Having been the CEO and founder of Africa’s leading company in Cement Manufacturing, Sugar Refining, Salt & Seasonings, Fertilizer, Infrastructure, Tomato Farming, Rice Farming, Automotive, Refinery, Energy, Petrochemicals, Training Academy, Polysacks, Real Estate, Mining, Logistics, Maritime and also of the richest man in the entire African, Aliko Dangote does not deny himself the pleasure and luxurious life that he can afford. Understandably, he can afford the best in life including two private jets.
One of the jets named Bombardier’s Global Express XRS from Montreal Canada is reported to cost $45 million.
He bought the luxury jet on his 53rd birthday, the jet is built to comfortably convey 19 passengers and it is highly efficient it can cover a range of 14300km, and it can continue to run for 18 full hours without a stop.
Mike Adenuga Private Jet
The founder and chairman of Globacom telecommunication use these private jets for work flying around the world for his business meetings and likewise for pleasure as well.
Adenuga’s private jet includes the Bombardier Challenger 604 Aircraft which cost $40.2 million, a Bombardier Global Express XRS which cost him $47.5 million, and a Falcon 7X which is the same as that of the presidential air flight cost $50 million.
Allen Onyema Private Jet
Allen is the founder and currently, the CEO of Air Peace Limited, Chief Allen Ifechukwu Onyema has the highest number of planes in Nigeria. In his fleet are four Airbus A320-200, 13 Boeing 737, and eight Embraer ERJ-145 among other 34 planes under his control.
Although Onyema uses the planes for commercial purposes, as the owner of the airline, he cruises whichever one he likes anytime around the world.
Arthur Eze Private Jet
The Anambra state billionaire Eze has been a billionaire for more than three decades. He isn’t only a billionaire in Naira but also in US Dollars.
When you are a billionaire in dollars, then you are most likely richer than some state governments in Nigeria.
Arthur Eze is the owner of a Falcon plane that he bought in 2015. Other than that, the legitimate business mogul claims a costly Bombardier stream assessed in an overabundance of $25 million.
On AUGUST 1, 2022 he announced his second jet, check out Real Reason Why Billionaire Arthur Eze acquired the latest Gulfstream Jet worth $20.50 million
Igho Sanomi Private Jet
In case you don’t know, the young and smart son of a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police is one of the youngest billionaires in Nigeria and in Africa.
The younger Sanomi has a private jet, it was reported in April 2019 that he forfeited the jet and three of his apartments in London to a Swiss bank for over $ 3 million in debt.
Adedeji Adeleke Private Jet
The billionaire father of African most famous musician Davido, the Adeleke surname is not foreign to many Nigerians, it is a name that is known across many industries in Nigeria.
But some years back, the Ede-born investor sent a powerful message to Nigerians when he acquired Bombardier Global Express 6000 by coughing out just $62 million.
When next you see the founder of Pacific Bank and Chairman of Pacific Holdings Limited, dove your cap. He is a billionaire who was once rumoured to have offered to give Osun State.
Cletus Madubugwu Ibeto Private Jet
Apart from having several bulletproof exotic cars in his garage, the spare parts billionaire and the chairman of Ibeto Group – Cement Automotive Parts Petrochemicals Hospitality Properties Banking & Finance Oil & Gas, Cletus Ibeto’s wealth isn’t limited to the road, he extended his dominance to the airspace with a private jet.
The Anambra billionaire makes no noise about his wealth, even at, he’s among the top five richest Igbo on earth.
Apostle Johnson Suleman private jet
The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Apostle Johnson Suleman has made the clarification on the acquisition of his third jet during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the clergy, buying a third jet does not mean he has three jets.
Johnson Suleman, who was born on 24 March 1971, is a Nigerian TV Evangelist and the top leader and general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, a congregation with its headquarters in Auchi, Edo State.
Dr. Bryant (ABC) Orjiako Private Jet
The former Chairman of SEPLAT Oil is another man on the list. The former medical doctor’s entry into oil was phenomenal.
Today, the leading Nigerian independent oil and gas company is listed on the London and Nigerian Exchanges.
He later sub-specialised in orthopaedic and trauma surgery and became a fellow of the West African College of Surgeons in 1996. In 2006, he completed the OPM program at Harvard Business School.
Femi Otedola Private Jet
It is amazing to find another billionaire on the list which means owning a private jet is no small business and requires a whole lot of money.
In addition to owning some amazing luxury rides, Femi Otedola owns a private jet and a private yacht he uses to travel when he feels the urgent need to.
Orji Uzor Kalu Private Jet
Orji Uzor Kalu was already wealthy before he became a senator in Nigeria. He is the CEO of Stok Holdings, which has many interests in shipping, banking, oil trading, and more. He is also the owner of two newspapers: the daily sun and the new telegraph. He was a former senator representing Aba Constituency and served as the governor of Abia State two consecutive times. He owns various private jets, one of which is worth a little over N11 billion. His fleet of private jets includes one Gulfstream G650, one Bombardier’s Global EXP XR and three Gulfstream IV.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Private Jet
Bola Ahmed Tinubu is one of the iconic and well-known politicians in Nigeria. He has once served as the president of Lagos state and is currently aspiring to be the President of Nigeria. His wife, Oluremi Tinubu is a senator representing Lagos Central District. She is one of the longest-serving senators in the National house of assembly. It is reported that Bola Ahmed Tinubu has two private jets worth billions of naira.
Bishop David Oyedepo Private Jet
Bishop David Oyedepo is one of the wealthy pastors in Nigeria. He is the founding pastor and the General Overseer of Living Faith Church, popularly known as Winners Chapel. His church is one of the largest in Nigeria with branches both locally and internationally, He is reported to own four private jets including Bombardier Challenger 604, Grumman Gulfstream I (G-159), Gulfstream IV (G-IV) and Gulfstream V (Gee-5).
Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide Private Jet
With 18 Aircraft in his hangar, the founder of Nigeria’s biggest commercial airline, Arik Air, has been in the aviation business before Air Peace came on board.
And of course, Arumemi-Ikhide is a billionaire that wealth-rating firms rarely talk about. Some of the planes you will find in his portfolio include Airbus A330, Bombardier CRJ-200, and De Havilland Canada DHC-8-300 among others.
Even though the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) took over the management of Arik Air on February 7, 2017, due to NGN375 billion debt, Senate backs AMCON’s take-over of Arik , vanguardngr
Theophilus Danjuma Private Jet
Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma is a wealthy Nigerian businessman and politician. He amassed his wealth through shipping and petroleum. He flies a Hawker 900XP Hawker private jet and is also the owner of a Challenger 605 Bombardier.
He served as the Minister of Defence during the tenure of President Olusegun Obasanjo. He is also a retired Nigerian Army Lieutenant General and a former Chief of Army Staff.
Apart from committing more than US$500,000 to non-governmental organisations in Nigeria, US$500,000 is another politician to appear on our radar of Nigerians Who Own Private Jets.
The former Chief of Army Staff is the owner of two private jets: a 900XP Hawker jet, and a Challenger 605 Bombardier.
The 900XP Hawker medium jet has a cabin that measures 23.1 feet long by 6 feet wide by 5.7 feet tall. This means it can comfortably accommodate 8 passengers, with a maximum configuration seating of 10. Also, it can cover a range of 3243 miles and a maximum speed of 516 mph.
Pastor Adeboye Private Jet
Pastor Adeboye is the founding pastor of RCCG with various branches both in Nigeria and abroad. He has different private jets worth millions of naira. Two of his private jets have been confirmed namely Gulfstream G550 and Gulfstream GIV.
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor Private Jet
Founder of the Word of Life Bible Church, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor is one of the most successful and influential pastors in Nigeria. He was elected as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in 2010. He is a proud owner of a Bombardier challenger 601.
Folorunsho Alakija Private Jet
The 70-year-old Folorunsho Alakija is referred to as the richest woman in Nigeria and one of the richest women in Africa. Folorunsho Alakija is not only a prolific businesswoman involved in the fashion, printing, real estate and oil industries but also a philanthropist. She made her fortune in oil, fashion and printing businesses. She is one of the high-profile and well-honoured women in Africa. She is the proud owner of a private jet which she calls Global Express XRS.
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Private Jet
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida is a businessman and politician who served as Nigeria’s military president from August 1985 to August 1993. Born 17th August 1941, former President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida is a native of Niger state. He also owns 65% of the London-based Fruitex International Limited in London, 24% of Nigeria’s second-largest telecom company, Globacom. He is a wealthy billionaire with expensive cars and properties within and outside Nigeria. He also flies a Learjet 45 worth ₦594.7 million.
Atiku Abubakar Private Jet
Atiku Abubakar is another influential and wealthy politician in Nigeria. Born on 25th November 1946 to a Fulani farmer father and a trader mother, Atiku Abubakar is a native of Adamawa State, Nigeria. He served as the Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, with Olusegun Obasanjo as president. For 20 years, Atiku Abubakar worked as the comptroller general of Nigerian Customs. In addition, he has a wide range of businesses from beverages, food, education etc. When it comes to attending business meetings and travelling amongst countries, Atiku Abubakar enjoys the luxury of his private jet. He also owns an Embraer Phenom 100 private jet worth $4.1 million.
Olusegun Obasanjo Private Jet
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is one of the many people who shaped Nigeria’s politics. As an officer of the Nigerian Army, he served in the Congo Crisis and the Nigerian Civil War. General Olusegun Obasanjo ruled Nigeria during two different periods. The first was between 1976 and 1979 as the Military Head of State after succeeding Murtala Muhammed who was killed in a deadly coup. His second tenure was between 1999 and 2007 in democratic civilian rule. Olusegun Obasanjo is also involved in philanthropic activities and owns a number of businesses. He also owns a private jet he cruises in for international and local trips.
Rochas Okorocha Private Jet
The Former Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state is another wealthy politician who owns a private jet in Nigeria. According to him, he bought his private jets in an auction during the regime of Olusegun Obasanjo even before he became governor. He has always been persecuted for using public funds for acquiring his private jets, however, Rochas Okorocha always insists he bought his jets before becoming a governor. He is the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District at the Nigerian Senate>> Rochas Okorocha Net Worth, Biography, Cars, Private jet And Houses 2021
Rotimi Amaechi Private Jet
Born to Elder Fidelis and Mary Amaechi’s family on May 27, 1965, Rotimi Amaechi is another political figure in Nigeria. He was once a member of the People’s Democratic before he defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC). He was the former governor of Rivers State. In 2012, Former Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State acquired a brand new Bombardier Global 5000 (N565RS) for his exclusive use.
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff Private Jet
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is a former governor of Borno state and once a member of the House of Assembly. He is a wealthy politician with various properties. He is often reported to own a fleet of four private jets consisting of one Gulfstream G650 and three Dornier’s.
Godswill Akpabio Private Jet
Godswill Akpabio is a former governor of Rivers State. He bought a Gulfstream during his tenure as governor, however, he claims the private jet belongs to the state government. He is the current Minister of Niger Delta, a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Senate’s Minority Leader.
Obi Cubana Private Jet
Obinna Iyiegbu popularly known as Obi Cubana is a Nigerian Based businessman, entertainer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and show killer, he is the chairman and the owner of the popular Cabana group, Obi Cubana is believed to have acquired a new private jet – Embraer ERJ- 145MP Aircraft in the bid to promote his Ododwu bitters.
The owner of several companies and hotels scattered across the country has shared the first video of his latest purchase. In the video, a bottle of his Odogwu bitters was positioned in front of the new private jet with the Odogwu bitters logo embedded in Embraer ERJ- 145MP Aircraft.
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