N255M CAR SCANDAL: REPS’ PANEL INDICTS ODUAH, NCAA

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N255M CAR SCANDAL: REPS’ PANEL INDICTS ODUAH, NCAA

 

There were indications on Wednesday that the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation had established some infractions against the Minister of Aviation, Ms Stella Oduah, and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

The committee is investigating the controversial purchase of two bulletproof BMW cars by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority allegedly for Oduah at a whopping N255m.

However, she testified before the committee, which is chaired by Mrs. Nkiruka Onyejeocha, and denied that the cars were bought for her use.

The panel ended its public hearing on the transaction on Monday.

Oduah was expected to appear before   the Senate    on Wednesday but could not because of the Federal Executive Council meeting.

Findings by The NWS indicated that the Onyejeocha –led committee might lay its report before the House on Thursday (today).

It was gathered that after deliberating on records before them, members of the panel had established some infractions against the minister and the NCAA.

According to findings, one of the issues is “extra-budgetary spending”, while the second is “approval beyond ministerial limit.”

It was learnt that the committee also established a case of “violation of public procurement procedures.”

Similarly, the panel confirmed that “indeed, N255m was spent to buy two bulletproof BMW cars and the use of waivers meant for EKO Games to import the cars.”

One of the sources told one of our correspondents that the committee tried to remain focused on its core mandate and not to veer off into other allegations that might have been leveled against the Ministry of Aviation.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has interrogated five top officials of the NCAA over the N255m car scandal.

A top official of the commission, who made this known, said the NCAA chiefs   arrived at the commission’s office in Abuja at 2pm.

It was learnt that they were asked to write statements on their involvement in the scandal and thereafter asked a few questions.

The source, who did not want his name in print, said that the NCAA chiefs were allowed to go at about 4pm.

He said the commission would also look into some transactions by    the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria.

The source said, “The commission interrogated a team from Coscharis Motors on Tuesday. We have quizzed five top officials of the NCAA.

“The commission is not stopping with the NCAA, our investigators will also interrogate some officials of FAAN.”

When contacted, the Head of Media of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that the EFCC would also interrogate officials of some of the agencies in the aviation sector.

 

 

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