The Taraba governor is expected in Nigeria on Sunday.
Officials of the Taraba State Government, as well as journalists and well-wishers who arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to witness the return of ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai were left in a state of confusion regarding the time of arrival of the governor and his chartered flight.
Journalists are currently gathered at the domestic wing of the airport, because according to a top aviation official,”all private and chattered flights land there”.
But some Taraba State indigenes including a former Minister of Industries, Idris Waziri, who were also at the domestic wing, have left for the Presidential wing of the airport to receive Mr. Suntai.
Their decision followed inquiries by Mr. Waziri from airport officials who reportedly informed him that the plane would land at the presidential wing “because very top government officials will be on hand to welcome the governor,” a source said.
The situation is also the same in Jalingo, the state capital.
When PREMIUM TIMES contacted a government official in the state over the telephone, he said, “We have concluded arrangements to receive him here” adding, however, that he had no idea of whether the plane would first land in Abuja or go straight to Jalingo.
He also said that when he went to the Jalingo Airport to inquire about the time of arrival of the governor, officials there told him they “have not been informed of the time yet”.
Mr. Suntai’s plane reportedly left New York late on Saturday for the nine-hour flight.
An online medium, Sahara Reporters, had reported that part of the flight plan was a stop over for refueling in Dakar, Senegal, before heading to Abuja.
It also said Mr. Suntai was expected to be transferred to another plane in Abuja for the flight to Jalingo.
PREMIUM TIMES had also reported that Mr. Suntai was being accompanied by Nigeria’s Consular General in New York.
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