It appears that the crisis surrounding Nigeria’s minister of Aviation would not be going away soon as Thisday newspaper has published a report saying that the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) may probe the minister, Ms. Stella Oduah, over the recent acquisition of two BMW 760 LI armoured vehicles by the National Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the minister’s use.
The national daily reports: “Sources informed THISDAY that the commission has started making preliminary investigations into the contract and could start probing the exorbitant purchase of the cars that was believed to have bypassed due process”.
Although the news story was over nine hundred words long, it was rather scant on details of the EFCC investigation. On the other hand, it reported that the matter was referred to the Senate who have been foot-dragging on the matter.
According to the report, Vice Chairman of Senate committee on Aviation, Babayo Gamawa told THISDAY that the issues needed to be put in proper perspective before a taken on it. By saying that the senator meant a visit to the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) as well as the audit department to find out if the purchase of the cars followed due process and if a proper audit was done before the cars were delivered.
The senator, however, disclosed that the urgent matter before the Aviation committee members was conducting an investigation into the Associated Airline disaster that claimed the lives of Deji Falae and about 14 others while conveying the corpse of the late former governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Agagu.