Anti-Corruption Network Gives Minister Of Aviation 72-Hour Ultimatum To Resign

Published 6 years ago by: Jossy Donald
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at 05:14 AM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)

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An anti-corruption watchdog led by a former legislator, Dino Melaye, has given Nigeria's Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah 72 hours to resign from office.

The ultimatum follows revelations by SaharaReporters that she arm-twisted a cash-strapped agency in the aviation ministry to purchase two armored BMW 760 Li cars at highly inflated prices.

Mr. Melaye told SaharaReporters that his group plans to embark on a series of actions aimed at forcing President Goodluck Jonathan to fire Mrs. Oduah as well as return the $1.6 million to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, which was forced to buy the cars.

A spokesperson for Mrs. Oduah today owned up to the ownership of the two cars after SaharaReporters provided documentation of the transaction on its website on Tuesday.

Mr. Melaye said the purchase of the vehicles was done in violation of various rules and laws guiding such high-level procurement by government officials, particularly the monetiazation policy of the federal government from which the minister was not exempt.

Among the plans, he said he will be in court next Tuesday to force the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to prosecute the Minister.  In addition, a coalition of anti-corruption activists will picket the Aviation Ministry next week in an effort to force President Jonathan to remove her from office.

With reference to the cost of the vehicles, Mr. Melaye described them as “unconscionable,” recalling that the Speaker of the House of Representatives also purchased two Armored Mercedes Benz S-600 B7 grade  armored cars a year ago for less than $800, 000.

He also disclosed that he had requested for quotations from Germany that show that the vehicles actually cost less than $200,000 each.  Even then, he stressed, the Minister has no right to purchase the vehicles for her personal use.

He reminded President Jonathan that former President Olusegun Obasanjo or his immediate boss, late Umaru Yar'adua would have fired Mrs. Oduah since the scandal broke.

Meanwhile, aviation officials have disputed the version of Mrs. Oduah story that she was using the vehicle to protect herself against powerful enemies opposed to her in the ministry. A source told SaharaReporters that Mrs. Oduah has not used the vehicles for official purposes since they were taken to her home in Victoria Garden City (VGC) in Lagos.  The source stated that there are several exotic cars purchased for the Minister in VGC if the EFCC or the police care to raid the place. The source also claimed that Mr. Oduah is building a hotel in VGC worth N3.5 billion from proceeds of kickbacks received from the airport remodeling projects scattered across the country.

The source further stated that Mr. Cosmas Maduka of Coscharis Group Limited, the supplier of the used 2008 model armored cars, might have given the minister and Mr. J. D. Nkemakolam,  the former acting Director-General of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) who carried out the purchase up to $700,00 as kickback from the car purchase.

Mrs. Oduah is the former co-chair of Mr. Jonathan’s main presidential campaign outfit, Neighbor-2-Neighbor.  She is not expected to face any retribution from the president who has recently declared corruption in his government to be “exaggerated.”

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merion at 09:06 AM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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Joacy at 09:19 AM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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emekaeneh at 09:24 AM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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See gobe.                                                                            Eneh say so via nokia 3310
KingNna at 10:01 AM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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Quote from: emekaeneh on 09:24 AM, 18/10/2013
See gobe.                                                                            Eneh say so via nokia 3310
Hahaha Eneh I think is time to change dis ur Nokia 3310 to BlackBerry Porche Lol. Nna say so via iphone 5
dareper at 10:11 AM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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Hope it work.
MayorKingz at 10:22 AM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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Corruption has eaten up dis country
ebiteck at 10:50 AM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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too bad
cornelus at 10:52 AM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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With this types of people (Jonathan inclusive)still there, we are finished
Solidstonez at 10:58 AM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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What a country

Solidstonez at 10:59 AM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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May God help us all

Wysetots at 11:40 AM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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Naija.....Looters in High offices.
BlueIxora at 12:00 PM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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Mr. Dino I hope your own record is clean cause that's the only way you can take her down. Or else she's gonna use your shit to blackmail you into backing down. Now you see why people that lives in glass houses don't throw stones. Cool
paulohking at 12:06 PM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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OK, I'm waiting Roll Eyes
micc at 12:37 PM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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laidemacwhite at 12:38 PM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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in Nigeria or where?
Our politicians loved two things more than anything in life.
1. to be disgraced out of office
2. to die in office
Shegzan at 12:52 PM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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debuchi at 01:52 PM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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Forget that level na today? e don tee way we de hear dis kind treat, NA 9JA WE DEY Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
Talemythope at 01:59 PM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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kenosas at 02:06 PM, 18/10/2013 (6 years ago)
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how can a Nigeria will be a better nation,when even a woman or a mother who suppose to try her possible best in the position assigned to her in the country a bit changes,now she is now even among the list of people that top the list of the high level of corrupt citizen in the country,96.m naira can make a bit changes in the country,some very poor countries they re looking for this kind of amount of money,but they can get it easy GOD please help the poor children.
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