Suntai may arrive Jalingo today
Governor Danbaba Sunatai of Taraba State will on Sunday (today) arrive Jalingo, approximately 10 months after he was flown abroad for treatment following an air crash involving his private jet in Yola.
Sources close to the governor told our correspondent that Suntai arrived London from New York on Saturday. He was scheduled to leave London for Jalingo on Saturday night or early hours of Sunday.
Suntai reportedly left New York for London on a chartered flight on Saturday due to the lack of seats on commercial flights.
Our source, however, declined to name the flight, airport and time of departure from London as well as the time of arrival in Jalingo, but said the governor’s wife, Hauwa, had left for home to prepare ahead for the arrival of her husband.
The governor’s wife had in a telephone interview on August 20, said that her husband was expected to depart the Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Centre and Home, New York, on August 25.
Suntai spent four months at the rehabilitation centre after spending about six months in a German hospital.
Barely 48 hours after he was transferred to the National Hospital, Abuja, following injuries sustained in the plane crash, the Taraba governor was flown to Germany for medical treatment.
Suntai was the pilot of his jet Cessna 208, 5N-BMJ Jet that crashed in Yola, Adamawa State on October 25, 2012.
He was taken to an Abuja hospital around 10:57am on October 26, 2012, in a state ambulance. He was reported to have been in coma when he was flown out of the country. The governor, his aide-de-camp and chief security officer were all onboard the crashed plane.
Suntai, who graduated as a pilot from the Aviation College in Zaria last year, flew the crashed plane. That was the second time he survived a plane crash.