Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has berated the rivers state government for usurping the powers of the commander in chief of the armed forces of Nigeria.
Hadi Sirika speaking on Channels TV on Wednesday evening, said the Air Force Commander in Port Harcourt, who invited Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to arrest Caverton Helicopter pilots, and passengers on board the concerned flight, the Police Commissioner who accompanied him; and the Military Commander, who all collaborated with Wike, usurped the authority of the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari. Said they “acted in gross disobedience to the President”. The Minister said the Airport area was a Federal Government territory.
Sirika confirmed that Caverton and four other flight operators got official permits to fly those flights for the “benefit of national economy of which Rivers State is the biggest beneficiary.”