FAAN Borrowed N1.3 Billion From First Bank Of Nigeria To Buy Stella Oduah’s Bullet Proof Cars

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Nov 1st, 2013 – Stella Oduah’s Armoured Cars Purchase Proof: FAAN Borrowed N1.3 Billion Loan From First Bank Of Nigeria

FAAN Borrowed N1.3 Billion Loan From First Bank Of Nigeria To Buy Stella Oduah’s Bullet Proof Cars

An ongoing investigation by SaharaReporters has revealed how Aviation Minister Stella Oduah compelled the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), a cash-strapped agency under her supervision, to borrow a huge amount from a commercial bank in order to buy her two bullet-proof cars.

The scandalous transaction, which is quite similar to the one that cost the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) $1.6 million to purchase two armored BMW cars, was also hatched using a loan facility from the First Bank of Nigeria.

Several sources at FAAN and First Bank told SaharaReporters that George Uriesi, the Managing Director of FAAN, conspired with Ms. Oduah to obtain a loan of N1.3 billion from First Bank. Part of the loan was used to buy 205 cars for several staff members, directors as well as board members of FAAN.

In addition, however, four armored cars were purchased for the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, and FAAN’s MD, Mr. Uriesi.

Our sources listed the cars bought for the minister as two “American Spec Lexus Limousines.” As happened in the NCAA deal, reliable sources at FAAN told SaharaReporters that the vehicles were never physically delivered to FAAN. Instead, some of our sources disclosed that the automobile vendor gave the minister over N150 million as kickbacks after First Bank of Nigeria had paid for the vehicle.

A FAAN source said the deal was done with Coscharis Motors Limited, a company owned by Cosmos Maduka. Mr. Maduka’s dealership was also involved in the fraudulent deal in which NCAA spent $1.6 million on the ostensible purchase of two bullet-proof BMW cars.

In an appearance before a panel of the House of Representatives investigating Ms. Oduah’s car scams, Mr. Maduka testified that he fraudulently used import waivers meant for Lagos State to import two armored cars for the minister. Yesterday, the committee of the House of Representatives revealed that two armored cars hurriedly brought to Abuja airport for inspection had chassis numbers that did not match those in the transaction between Coscharis and the NCAA.

Ms. Oduah appeared today before the House committee, offering a well choreographed response to questions about the BMW auto fraud. She claimed that her spokesperson’s earlier admission that the cars were purchased for her because of threats to her person were “inaccurate.” She also claimed that the vehicles were not meant for her but for aviation VIPs.

Some members of the committee appeared in a haste to swallow her well packaged lies. The committee seemed reluctant to ask Ms. Oduah hard questions, said a member of an anti-corruption group who witnessed the session. “Why were they not grilling Mrs. Oduah on how her spokesman, Joe Obi, could have issued a statement on such a sensitive issue without clearing it with her? Why would he say the cars were purchased for the minister’s safety and security, and now she’s suddenly claiming that they were bought for VIP guests of Aviation Ministry? How come NCAA personnel signed that the cars were delivered when they never saw the cars? And there is the most important question that any serious committee should ask: Why did she authorize the spending of nearly $800,000 to buy each car when the real price tag is not up to $200,000?”

The source said that, unfortunately, “oversight committees of the National Assembly have a reputation for letting corrupt government officials get off the hook in exchange for payoffs.”

The Senate committee for Aviation has summoned First Bank and FAAN to appear on Monday to explain the circumstances behind the extravagant automobile purchases.

Meanwhile, SaharaReporters has obtained documents showing that FAAN also went on a car-buying jamboree in 2011. A staff source said it was unconscionable that FAAN decided to spend a huge sum of borrowed cash to buy new vehicles in 2013 when the ones purchased in 2011 are still in use by the same people.

[Source: Sahara Reporter New York]

8 thoughts on “FAAN Borrowed N1.3 Billion From First Bank Of Nigeria To Buy Stella Oduah’s Bullet Proof Cars

  1. 1.3 billion what for?
    No wonder we have frequent plane crash
    This is the money FAAN could have used to develop the airspace
    The managing director of FAAN and the Aviation Minister must be jailed for life. No wonder Nigeria is still under developed

  2. This country is finished
    I believe more terrible corruption like this are going on in every ministry unnoticed

  3. Hahahaha I gbo people with fraud, this igbo people want to finish thi nigeria for us, the evidence is just too clear that she is nothing but a thief, God the father, Jesus the son of God, and Holy spirit, should forget Stella oduahs, igbo people and their future

  4. If aviation ministry can spent such amount on just car dat means ASUU and ASUP request should be grant without hesitation. Really i see Nigeria developing, if is befor U would not hear de matter again, They would have silent dat group dat cry out for de probe.

  5. I CAN NOT BELIEVE MY EYES SEEING THIS FIGURE , BILLION JUST TO BUY A CAR , I THINK THEY SHOULD LOCK UP THIS WOMAN AND THROW THE KEY AWAY , SHE IS A VERY HEART COUNT , AND A CONNINVING LITTLE SHIT , DOES SHE THINK BY HAVING THIS CAR , BOKO IRANU CAN NOT GET HOLD OF HER , OR THE ARM ROBBERS , I DO NOT THINK THIS CAR WOULD SAVE YOUR LIFE , BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DRIVE IT INTO YOUR BEDROOM , OR DRIVE IT INTO YOUR OFFICE , AND PARK IT ON TOP OF YOUR OFFICE TABLE , SO YOU NEED TO BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF, YOU ARE REALLY OLE, OLOJUKOKORO, AGARASHA. MRS PAY AS YOU GO TO ALL THE PRESIDENTS .THE PRESIDENT USED CIGAR TO FUCK YOUR COUNT. HAR HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA WOW

  6. Bezo u r very stupid..stupor, just make a comment and you are there talking trash blackmailn igbo name.. You people nko? Hausa,yoruba etc, aren’t you people the patriot in reverse other?,..amadiho gbabukwa gi dia…aka afu iji mee mockery of ndi igbo ka aka afu buru ife kpowuru akpowu*Amen

  7. If this huge sums are connected and allegations are found to be true, not only should the FAAN DG and the Minister be immediately releaved of their posts, but thy should be arrested and prosecuted. This will at least be a deterrent to other looters like them. The Minister should be ashamed of herself Nigeria is the only country in West Africa without a national airline. If these huge amount was invested for the safety of our air safety the incessant air crashes experienced in the last two years could have been averted. What legacy is she going to live in office? The legacy of Minister who acquired the most bullet proof cars for expatriates and foreigners? It is an absolute shame.

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