Nigerian Activists Want Stella Oduah’s Sacked Over N255m Bullet-Proof BMW Cars Bribe

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Oct 17, 2013 – Nigerian Activists Want Aviation Minister Stella Oduah’s Fired Over N255m Bullet-Proof BMW Cars Bribe

Nigerian activists and aviation analysts have called on the embattled minister of aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, to resign, following the scandal surrounding the purchase of two bullet-proof BMW cars worth N255 million..

The activists said Oduah should resign and should be prosecuted over the  two bullet-proof BMW cars purchased for her in August at the cost of N255 million by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA.

SaharaReporters, an online news medium, had reported on Tuesday that NCAA bought the vehicles worth N255 million for Oduah.

Releasing documents to back up the claims, the medium showed that the transaction for the purchase of the two BMW cars started in June, but the request for the delivery of and payment for the cars was fast-tracked between 13 and 15 August, 2013.

The transaction involved the NCAA, First Bank of Nigeria, and Coscharis Motors Limited.

The two black BMW Li HSS vehicles have chasis numbers WBAHP41050DW68032 and WBAHP41010DW68044, and were reportedly delivered to the NCAA on 13 August, 2013.

They were received by two store managers, F. Onoabhagbe and Y. A. Amzat, who is also the agency’s head of transport.

Stakeholders, activists and analysts have reacted angrily at the allegations and have called on Oduah to go or be sacked by President Goodluck Jonathan.

“The minister of aviation should not only resign, she should be prosecuted. I call on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to take up that matter and investigate it properly,” said Mohammed Tukur, Assistant General Secretary, Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON.

“I don’t know who gave her the authority to purchase such cars because the man who was in charge at the NCAA, was just an acting DG. He was not the DG of the NCAA,” Tukur added.

Tukur said he has received reliable information that the NCAA is broke and training has dwindled.

According to the President Aviation Round Table, ART, Captain Dele Ore, there are more revelations that will soon be made public against the minister.

“The bubble will soon burst. When she leaves office, everything will come out. If she does not want to resign, she should remain there and let’s see how the bullet-proof vehicles will protect and save her,” he said.

To the Secretary General of National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, Abdulkareem Motajo, the minister has committed many atrocities and should be arrested.

“Asking for her to go is not enough, the minister has committed many atrocities and many of them have been written in the newspapers but nothing has been done about it,” he said.

“She should go and she should be arrested and probed also. We are also very angry at the National Assembly for not taking any action against the minister regarding the atrocities that she has commited,” he added.

According to the National President, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, Benjamin Okewu, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, should step in.

“What I think is that she should go and EFCC should come in and apprehend her immediately since she does not have immunity.

“There are several other allegations that even in NAMA there have been purchases of many things for the minister and these reckless expenditures by the minister are unacceptable,” Okewu said.

Comrade Debo Adeniran, Executive Chairman, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL,  said the corruption allegations are proof that the recent air disasters in Nigeria are due to corruption and incompetence.

“When she asked the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority to get her bulletproof cars worth $1.6m (about N255m) because of threats to her life, where did she expect them to get the money?” Adeniran asked.

“She expected them to compromise standard of course! It is now clear that the frequent air accidents are products of corruption and incompetence in our aviation sector.”

Adeniran said it is no longer surprising that the minister could ascribe her incompetence to God.

“The truth remains that if Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority is doing a proper job and not collecting bribes to satisfy the ostentatious lifestyle of Stella Oduah, they would have been able to avert some of these accidents. With proper safety regulations in place, the frequency of air crashes can be drastically reduced,” Adeniran said.

To  Olumide Ohunayo, an aviation activist, calls for the minister’s resignation may be hasty.

“Well I think its a bit hasty, the allegations listed online were numerous and a careful investigation is necessary, considering the present safety apprehension in the industry.

“I look forward to a clinical review of the relationship between the ministry and its agencies,” he said.

[Sources: Sahara Report, PM]

10 thoughts on “Nigerian Activists Want Stella Oduah’s Sacked Over N255m Bullet-Proof BMW Cars Bribe

  1. I feel there are lots of petty feelings and tricks on the side of those calling for the minister’s sack. According to Mr Adeniran in this write-up, he seems to be implicating the NCAA personnel in that they are collecting bribes and are corrupt that’s why they’ve failed to do their safety jobs to sanitize airlines’ operations in Nigeria. Then, I think they should all be arrested and prosecuted. The allegations against the minister could be cooked. This is naija, if you dont allow them to do business as usual they will gang up against you. In the air mishaps, it’s the NCAA personnel that should be held liable bcos it’s their duty to ensure airlines operate safely following procedures. They’re the same personnel busy looking the other way and compromising. I don’t see the minister being held responsible for the job of NCAA. Take the case of Associated airline that used an aircraft ment for test-flight to carry corpse and human beings. Who is to be blamed? The minister or NCAA staff whose duty it is to see that all aircrafts is worthy before flying? It is called Routine Checks. Let’s be realistic, guys! I think you guys want to play a fast one by diverting attention from your jobs you failed to do. But we ain’t fools. I wish to wake up one day in this naija to see a country free of sentiments and hatred for one another; and a country where citizens are patriotic and take responsibility for their mistakes.

  2. SR, stated dat joe obi d Aviation minister special assistant on d media confirmed d purchase. Dat d vehicle were purchased 2 protect d minister from some external threats. Bcos of d good step she took 2 reposition d sector.mr obi added it should b noted dat these vehicles are not pensonal vehicles and were not procured in d name of d honorable minister; they are utillity vehicles and are for d office of d minister and if she leaves d office,she wil not be taking d vehicle along wit her. It’s written say d true, d true u said wil set u free. NCCA spokesperson mr ndubuikke claimed I am not awere of anything like dat, PlS don’t complicate issue ok. Stella oduah thank u very for d Bold step u take in Aviation sector, d lord is urs strength…….let her be tanks.

  3. Nigerians are too wicked and selfish. What a waste when there are uncountable. Destitute homeless out there no food, no home. God will surely pay back

  4. i dont have to the read the content of this story,the headlines says it all,u can see this a way of money laudering between cosharis and the aviation minister; to get bulletproof done on any cars in the USA start from $40,000 uk around £25,000 and over,so what type of bulletproof would amount to the tune of $1.6million unlesss that includes her BIG BIG mansion somewhere in nigeria or USA need bulletfproof windows and doors and state or the art alarm systems connected to local police station.

  5. This guy na fool, is this enemy of progress or bad belle, what is 255m that a whole minister of Aviation can’t use to buy 2 car’s, enemies of progresses, useless man with small brain, ride on woman

  6. LoL see this scammer woman. Thief! Even if there are threats to your life, that particular BMW 7 series model costs a few thousand in the UK. Google it. Add another few thousand for the bullet proof work and it should NOT cost more than £40000 (forty grand). And she asks for $1.6mill? OLE!!

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