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Did the Federal Government Order 53 Gold-Plated iPhones valued at £2.65 Million?



Gold iPhones - September 2013 - BellaNaija

So True or So False? We will let you decide.

Yesterday, Bristol-born business man Amjad Ali revealed to The Independent UK that the Nigerian Government had ordered 53 gold iPhones to celebrate the country’s 53rd Anniversary on October 1st.

Amjad Ali who is based in Dubai, is the founder of Gold and Co. His company supplies royal families and wealthy customers across Russia, China and the Middle East with gold plated devices.

The price tag – A whooping £50,000.

The total cost of the 53 iPhones is £ 2,650,000. That is 683,470,164.15 (Six hundred eight hundred and 3 Million, Four Hundred and Seventy Thousand, One hundred and Sixty four Naira, Fifteen Kobo)

Apple just released its new sleek iPhone 5, but Amjad had pre-ordered hundreds of new iPhones.

He told The Independent UK that “We will engrave them with the coat of arms, a shield and two horses”.

This news lead to a media frenzy, with news organisations contacting the federal government for an official statement.

Today the story on the Independent UK has been changed to “a Nigerian individual” ordered the gold engraved iPhones.

Perhaps from the pressure surrounding the alleged order from the government, the company has been tweeting that it was from an individual.

Gold & Co. - September 2013 - BellaNaija

According to Sahara Reporters, calls and text messages to Reuben Abati, the President’s spokesperson were unanswered. We will keep you updated on the news.


  1. Obi

    September 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Nigerian government? Individual? That’s a huge amount of money … as long as it’s not coming out of monies allocated for national development, that “Individual or government” may spend his/ her/ their “personal” cash as he/ she/ they will. Of course I wish some of the money could help me pay some bills, or to be fairer, help masses of Nigerians gain easier access to much needed socioeconomic services & infrastructure. But as I said, as long as it’s coming from personal pocket, what can I say?

    • MN

      September 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

      individual fire! It is so coming out of the government’s pocket. as if we dont know our rulers! abi no be our president dey chop with 1 BILLION.

    • Shocked One

      September 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Cos of our government’s track record, I don’t believe this company’s backtracking on their statement. In the end, the truth always comes out. Besides who believes a responsible business person would want to gift out such silly and extravagant gifts.

  2. Na wa o! People are looking for money to buy fuel for light, govt is buying Iphone 5 that apple wants to change soon.
    God help us. So sad!

  3. Lucylink

    September 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm


  4. Subomi

    September 12, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Hisss good riddance to bad rubbish. But God is watching us all sha. My2cents

  5. tito

    September 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm


  6. orgasma

    September 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Truly sad

  7. sundayotuns

    September 12, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    this is the same govt that is saying”asuu demand is toi high”so they prefer to enrich themselve to the detriment of the people who work for the money and remit to the treasury?no wonder they want unity at all cost.

  8. Deedee

    September 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Chai,case of misplaced priority, Naija my country…………..I hail o!

  9. Concerned_Boyfriend

    September 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    This country never cease to amaze me with all types of corruption and mismanagement. When you think you’ve heard it all they manage to up their previous ante

  10. new gurl

    September 12, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Na wa for dis govt ooo… if its true then asuu should remain on strike… Naija govt is too bad, imagine dis nonsence..

  11. Miss T

    September 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    What a shame

  12. Teddy Bear

    September 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I’m at a loss for words. The sad thing is, I suspect it to be true. It would not surprise me at all. When is change going to come?????!!! Am I a part of the problem by asking a rhetorical question from behind my laptop? Smh. 🙁

  13. Afa

    September 12, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Africa???? Wonders shall never end. Its even better, here
    in CAMEROON, the president appointed 100 senators (very old men,
    who were involved in politics since 1980) each of them were given
    10 million frs, a new car and a monthly pay of 3m frs.For what? All
    this is misappropriation of funds while the masses r suffering.
    Nonsense! 🙁

  14. YungFab

    September 13, 2013 at 7:27 am

    And people re here cursing yahoo bois ba? See wetin una government use una money dey do oh! I think is high time we started a revolution in Nigeria.

    • Omo1

      September 13, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Are you a yahoo boy?

  15. Zero

    September 13, 2013 at 9:08 am


  16. Fravian

    September 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Abeg nt ma business cos d mre i read abt it, Ð mre i get pissd off.

  17. Chu-Chu

    September 13, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Sad Much, People are hungry, Homeless, our educational infrastructures are wack, My goodness…:( , why spend this much money on an Iphone that would be upgraded soon..haba…Nawa o. Misplaced Priorities here and there. E go betta sha!!!

  18. estee

    September 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

    This is a shame to Nigeria,instead of them to think of how to better lifes,they are there misbahaving.

  19. WomanToWomanCry

    September 13, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Nigeria i hail..

  20. Ashley B

    September 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Guys!!!! No Need to be gobsmacked! We cant front like we didnt know this was what our govt was capable of. I Prefer to see it this way- @ least they didnt order a 100 pieces or beyond!!! Sadly, what Nigerians(myself included) have been doin since 1914 is identifying the problems , but can seem to b able to arrive at a logical conclusion/solution to better our fate!!

    P.s– back to my lungu, reading the freedom of Information Act 2011

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