Minister Of Aviation, Stella Oduah
By SaharaReporters, New York
SaharaReporters has learnt that Nigeria’s Aviation Ministry has decided to go after one of its officials on suspicion that he leaked the information on the purchase of two luxury armored vehicles for the private use of its Minister, Stella Oduah.
A hint to the ministry’s decision was given at a press conference in Abuja on Friday addressed by Folayele Akinkuotu, the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the agency implicated in the scandalous purchase of the two vehicles at a whooping cost of $1.6 million (or N255 million). Mr. Akinkuotu stated that “Nicholas Edwards”, a member of staff of the ministry who allegedly leaked the information to journalists, was on the run. He also condemned the leak that exposed the purchase of the two armored cars. In what turned out to be a second rationale for the fraudulent purchase, Mr. Akinkuotu described the two cars as operational vehicles. He also claimed that transporting the Minister and aviation-related foreign dignitaries was part of this operation. “It is internationally customary to convey our Minister and these visiting foreign dignitaries in security vehicles whenever they are in Nigeria,” he …