More Revelations on Oduah Armoured car scandal
• FAAN also bought 4 cars for Oduah
More startling revelations were thrown up yesterday as the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation continued the investigative hearing into an alleged purchase of two armoured BMW cars at N255 million by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority supervised by the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah. But the woman at the centre of the scandal, Ms
Stella Oduah, shunned the committee as she again reneged on her promise to honour an invitation earlier extended to her.
But even with her absence, the committee, the NCS, Coscharis Motors and First Bank Nigeria Plc made fresh revelations on the controversial cars.
Among the fresh revelations made public at the hearing was the difference in the chassis numbers of the cars inspected by the committee members and those in the transaction documents between the NCAA and Coscharis.
Another is how the Federal Ministry of Finance and the National Security Adviser were made to believe that the two vehicles were for the 18th National Sports Festival (Eko Games 2012) hosted by Lagos State.
The Customs Service was the first to blow the lid when it told the committee that no duty was paid on the cars because Coscharis obtained a duty exemption certificate from the Federal Ministry of Finance.
According to the Customs, the government lost N10.1m due to the waiver, which covered 300 vehicles, including the two controversial bulletproof cars.
The Deputy Comptroller-General (Modernisation and Economic Relations), Mr. Manasa Jatau, who testified before the panel, disclosed that the Ministry of Finance granted the waiver after Coscharis wrote that it wanted to import 300 assorted vehicles for the EKO Games.
He added that the “end beneficiary” of the cars, including the two bulletproof vehicles was the Lagos State Government.
However,he hinted that the waiver was later used as a cover to import the bulletproof cars to evade the payment of import duty.
He revealed that there was also a third bulletproof car imported by Coscharis.
The Customs chief who did not name the owner of the third bulletproof car, added that the office of the NSA issued a security clearance for the two bought for Oduah.
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