Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state, on Monday reacted to the Federal Government grounding his chartered plane in Kano state on Sunday, June 8 after former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, emerged the new emir of Kano.
Street Journal gathered that Governor Amaechi who was reported to have mounted pressure on Kano state Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso in making Lamido Sanusi the new Emir of Kano state recounted his ordeal of how he and other dignitaries after visiting Governor Kwankwaso while about to board the chartered aircraft plane back to Abuja were held hostage by authorities who locked all the doors to the complex.
According to Ameachi, “the Kano governor called the airport commandant that we should at least be allowed to leave the building but the commandant refused saying he had an order from above not to let us out.”
“We had to force one of the doors open to get away. So we quickly got a car, bought fuel and started driving towards Abuja. We sold a dummy to the airport people and a few others that we were returning to the Kano Government House. The governor was also expecting us. But we were far gone. I personally drove the car and all of us had to switch off our phones so no one would know our whereabouts.
“I drove for five hours and we arrived Abuja at 2 a.m. We were not afraid of armed robbers or anyone attacking us on the road. We were only afraid that the authorities could plant people on the road to waylay and attack us. But thank God we arrived safe.
“I have been shouting that we are in a dictatorship, people thought I’m joking or exaggerating.
“At least we can all see what is playing out,” Amaechi said.
Other dignitaries alongside Governor Amaechi in the plane who ended up travelling by road were: the former governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje, and a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, a former governor of Kwara state, Senator Shaaba Lafiagi.