The slanging match over compromised safety standards and the mismanagement of the nation’s aviation sector has taken another turn with the allegation made by the pioneer Commissioner and Chief Executive of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Angus Ozoka that he was ordered by a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, to inform the world that the Bellview Airlines Boeing 737-200 aircraft, which crashed at Lisa, Ogun State on October 22, 2005, was bombed during the investigation of the accident early in 2007.
The Bellview Airlines’ crash led to the death of 117 people who were on board the aircraft.
But in reaction, the former minister, who served under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration and has since the Associated Airlines crash two weeks ago been engaged in a duel with the current Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, dismissed the allegation, calling Ozoka a “pathological liar” with an axe to grind following his removal.
Ozoka, who spoke exclusively to THISDAY in an interview, said: “At a time everybody knew they were singing a song that it was a bomb that blew down the Bellview aircraft.
“So when somebody was appointed aviation minister (Fani-Kayode) in 2006. He said to me, call a press briefing and announce that …
Source: Pointblank News