House committee on Aviation investigative hearing on alleged purchase of N255million bullet proof cars by the Minister of Aviation continues today amidst doubts that Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah will honour the summons asking her to appear before the committee today.
In a letter dated October 25, Oduah had written to inform the House committee of her unavailability, citing national assignment in Israel. She however said she would make herself available on November 4, a position that didn’t go down well with the committee.
A member of the committee and spokesman of the House, Zakari Mohammed told Vanguard, yesterday, that “the hearing must continue and must be concluded within the stipulated one week that the House gave us.
“We gave the minister enough time to re-align her travel schedules to enable her show up today.”
The committee countered Oduah’s letter insisting that she must appear today.
As it is, the House Committee holds the final phase of the investigative hearing fixed for today, whether Oduah appears or not, although the Committee said there would be consequences.
Chairperson, House Committee on Aviation, Nkeuruka Onyejeocha, weekend, said the investigative hearing on the alleged purchase of N255million bullet proof cars by the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah would be suspended till she comes back from Israel.
Onyejeocha said the “essence of our suspending the probe pending when she comes is to ensure that she gets a fair hearing. The truth is that you cannot try somebody in her absence and get a clearer picture of what transpired.
“We will not seat till on Wednesday by then the Minister must have concluded all her transactions in Israel.”