Stella Oduah’s Corruption Hearing Transcript & Photos: House Probes Corrupt Nigerian Aviation Minister

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Nov 1st, 2013 – Stella Oduah’s Corruption Hearing Transcript & Pictures: House Probes Corrupt Nigerian Aviation Minister

On Thursday October 31st, 2013, House of Rep. committee on Aviation probed Stella Oduah, the current Nigeria’s aviation minister over the purchase of 2 bullet-proof BMW cars for N255 million.

The hearing was adjourned from Wednesday, to allow the aviation minister to attend. The minister was expected at the Wednesday hearing but was absent because she was away in Israel for a bilateral air service agreement signing.

Her absence at the hearing on Wednesday angered many lawmakers who said it would be her last opportunity to be heard.

Transcript Of Stella Oduah’s Corruption Hearing

Read the transcript of the hearing below:

11:40: The minister has finally arrived at the venue of the hearing, 100 minutes after the hearing was scheduled to kick off. The lawmakers now setting up to start the hearing

11:56: Stella Oduah, the aviation minister has just taken her seat before the committee. The hearing begins.

12:00: Hearing committee chairperson, Nkiruka Onyejeocha, gives her opening speech, explaining the delay in starting the hearing and that the committee would be just and fair.

Delay was because venue used for hearing on Wednesday had been taken over for a another hearing on Land racketeering.

“This committee is out to get to the bottom of the matter. But committee is not on ‘witch-hunting’”

12:06: Onyejeocha quips on the tense mood here. “We are not mourning, there is no aeroplane crash; I want to see everyone smiling,” she says. “Feel free and relax.”

The minister is about to be called upon to testify. She takes oath to say “nothing but the truth, the whole truth.”

12:10: Ms. Oduah starts by apologizing for inability to attend previous hearings. She said said her absence was not out of disrespect and thanks the committee for rescheduling her appearance.

12:17: Ms. Oduah says opportunity to appear will allow her give her side of the story. “For the past week, I have been bashed in the media, many have also risen to my defence.”

She said her spokesperson’s admission of the alleged purchase, while right on concerns for her safety, was “inaccurate”.

She goes ahead to say online publications that she compelled NCAA to purchase cars for her were “false and malicious” allegations. “False in its entirety!”

Says online allegations not substantiated but based on “erroneous” comment of her aide.

12:19:  “It is not true, cannot be true that NCAA bought bullet proof vehicles for honourable minister of aviation. My understanding is that what NCAA has done is to plan for its vehicle needs for the next three years under the Medium Term Expenditure Framework,” — Stella Oduah

12:34: Oduah: NCAA has real needs for new operational vehicles. Insists armoured cars not meant for her but foreign dignitaries.

“NCAA acted within the ambit of law”.

“Nothing in the stated documents mentioned my name. I did not request for any vehicles. All I did was to approve the purchase, subject to the agency doing the needful(following the law). NCAA followed due process as required by law.”

“The Federal ministry of aviation under my watch has always ensured we act in a prudent manner and under the ambit of the law”-Stella Oduah

12:40: The aviation minister still rendering her opening remarks.

The “First Bank facility to NCAA to the tune of N643 million mere understanding not an obligation” she daid.

“Nigeria’s airspace is now rate among the safest in the world”. She adds that allegation about car purchase is meant to discredit her team and give the impression her effort at reforms is not succeeding.

NCAA has not spent any money not appropriated by the National Assembly. The agency has even saved the nation a cost and further embarrassment that may occur in future.

12:51: The minister’s initial presentation is over. She is now receiving questions from the lawmakers.

13:08: Minister insists NCAA did not exceed its limit or violate the law.

She is reminded by by Jerry Manwe (Taraba state) that the National Assembly rejected armoured cars in the budget which she is defending, the minister buckles: “NCAA will answer that,” she says.

Minister is pressed by Zakari Mohammed(Kwara state) why she exceeded her approval limit, she said her comment on the letter to NCAA was not final but advisory to NCAA to follow the law.

On the said letter, the minister wrote “Approved. Do the needful”.

Brief game on semantics here. Minister says “Do the needful” could mean anything”. But the lawmakers are not having that. NCAA is called to explain the “needful” it did. And the NCAA director general shirks to the former acting DG who was in charge then.

13:25: Blame briefly leaves the minister to officials of NCAA over “do the needful” directive. For a moment, lawmakers appear to agree with the minister the all-encompassing comment exonerates her. The former acting DG of NCAA is tackled for even initiating a memo to Odua for a purchase out of budget, and beyond approved limit.

13:47: Jerry Manwe (Member) to minister: If the armoured cars were not for you as you claimed, who is using them now?

Former acting DG answers for minister: Any one can use any car in the pool

Manwe: Do you mean a cleaner can use those kind of cars?

Former DG: Anybody can use; but those kind of cars are for VIP movement, including foreign dignitaries, including the minister, and even you honourable member!

Manwe; Thank you. But the law of the country does not allow me to use those cars.

14:14: Attention has left the minister for more than half an hour. Lawmakers again tackle Coscharis over the disparity in chassis numbers of the cars.

A frustrated Chief Executive of Coscharis, Cosmas Maduka,makes it clear his company has nothing to hide as the committee would think. “We are not doing monkey business here,” he asserted. Mr Maduka was asked to withdraw the comment and he promptly complied.

14:22: Reps wrapping the hearing. Chairperson Onyejeocha said despite the testimonies from those invited since last week, the committee has received sufficient documents that will inform its report. “We have given everyone fair hearing,” she said.

“We assure everyone and all Nigerians we will do justice”.

14:25

Hearing Ends. Thanks for following our updates. Do stick around our site for the rest of the day as we will put the proceeding in their correct perspective for you.

Photos From Stella Oduah’s Corruption Hearing

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14 thoughts on “Stella Oduah’s Corruption Hearing Transcript & Photos: House Probes Corrupt Nigerian Aviation Minister

  1. She even take an oath and still lieing, may that oath be a curse to you and your generation. Igbo people are just too heartless.

    • @ bezo do you know u are very stupid and senseless why are you bringing tribal sentiments on issues like this,was it Igbo people that ask her to do what she did? try to be mature in your reasoning epka.

  2. Why re some pple very senseless wat consign igbo pple wf wat stella did re dey supporting or did dey ask her 2 steal money, y nt test ur words b4 u spit dem#i dislike stupid pple#

  3. Anyway i don tell una sey my fu**ing madam didn’t steal or buy any fu**ing car.
    But seriously now! my madam can f**k lie sha……………..hahahahahahahahahahahah.
    foreign dignitaries abi? ask my fu**ing madam if avaition ministry is now the ministry set up to handly diplomatic matters or she don trun to SSS now now.
    Awon oloshi.

    Let not judge a man by his tribe: every man his name: Judge oduah for Oduah and not ibo. Thank you.
    Oduah can lie – we need to know who helped her cook that story……….

  4. all dog dey eat shit na de one wey dem see am 4 in mouth. can a thief call a thief thief ? That is what is happening in de so call hearing of stella.

  5. The problem we nigerians have, we don’t appreciate good work. But there is a God in heaven dat revealeth secrets, and maketh knw to his servant what shall be in latter days. Aviation sector stella oduah did a very good job in transfermation. The pple looting public fund(Aviation sector) are the NCAA, they are 10 in number, not stella oduah, the lord hav sporken. Thanks.

  6. Bezo or wots dat ur name?its obvious u feel inferior wit ur tribe or religion,y ar u always talkin trash abt d igbos or is it bcos we ar way better?my dear grow up

  7. Naija hav married corruption b4 stella came nd wil nt rename it bride bcos of bmw.they ar nt probing anything bt everyone want 2 play hard tym so dat stella will visit the person in private 4 his own share nd case close.they jst dy play wit our brain.if any body chop money nd d money big,they go dy pursue d person 4 thier share nt 4 justice.

  8. At least this hearing is a start, l just hope that some good will come out of it. I hope it will not be another Honourable Elumelu’s public enquiry which ends with him being accused of bribery. Bezo it seems you have something against the Igbos,your comments has always been very tribalistic and discriminatory against them. We are discussing about corruption which is a national issue but not tribal, if you have nothing meaningful to say, then keep quiet.

  9. Stella hs don her part. Bribery & curruptn hs been married b4 now so stella wont change it either. Bt hs bin tryin in renovation matters ever since she cam on seat at the national level.

  10. who is the digniaries that this woman is buying the car for ? She is lying and had no clue to how much shame she had brought to her family and the country.

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