Saturday, October 19, 2013

Nigeria's Aviation Ministry, Declares War On $1.6 Million BMW Bullet Proof Car “Whistleblower"

Nigeria's Aviation Ministry have decided to go after its official that allegedly leaked the data of the purchase of two armoured vehicles for the minister, Stella Oduah.

This is hinted by Folayele Akinkuotu, the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, at a media conference at the ministry's headquarters in Abuja.
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Mr. Akinkuotu said Nicholas Edwards, a staff of the ministry who allegedly leaked the data to journalists, is now on the run. He also condemned the leak that exposed the purchase of both armoured cars for N225 million.

He said both vehicles, purchased for N225 million, are supposed to serve the Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, and aviation-related foreign dignitaries.

The minister has come under attack by Nigerians and civil society organisations with many calling for her sack.

Reports say Mrs. Oduah compelled the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, an agency under her supervision, in a presumed case of corruption, conflict of interest, and abuse of office, to procure the cars on her with public funds.

Documents show that the transaction to procure the cars started last June. Things were then increased with the cars delivered on 15.

In a letter dated August 13, 2013, J.D Nkemakolam, the former Acting Managing Director of the NCAA, sent a letter to the Managing Director of Coscharis Motors asking the company to supply two BMW 760 armoured vehicles to the agency predicated on a pro-forma invoice dated June 25, 2013 at the expense of N127, 575,000 ($796,846.21) each.

The sum total amount for both black BMW Li HSS vehicles, with chassis numbers WBAHP41050DW68032 and WBAHP41010DW68044 respectively, was N255,150,000, or $1,593,687.31.

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