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Shehu denies plans to sell presidential aircraft



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The presidency on Friday denied knowledge of any directive by President Muhammadu Buhari for the disposal of nine of the 11 VIP transport aircraft in the presidential fleet.

Reports had quoted unnamed sources as saying the president had directed the sale of serviceable and unserviceable aircrafts to cut maintenance costs in line with the government’s policy to drastically reduce its annual expenditure.

Premium Times quoted the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, as denting knowledge of such directive.

“The story of the order for the sale of aircraft in the Presidential Fleet, about which so much interest is being expressed, is not known to us,” Shehu was quoted as saying.

The presidential spokesperson said if anything like that was being contemplated, the Presidency would issue a statement through its official channels to announce it.

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