The embattled Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, who is currently enmeshed in a N255 million armored cars purchase scandal, has explained that she never requested for the said cars just as she blamed her media aide for misinforming the Nigerian public.
Ms Oduah, while fielding questions from the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, admitted that though NCAA needs new operational vehicles, the armored cars were not meant for her use but for foreign dignitaries.
“Nothing in the stated documents mentioned my name. I did not request for any vehicles. All I did was to approve the purchase, subject to the agency doing the needful. NCAA followed due process as required by law.
“The Federal ministry of aviation under my watch has always ensured we act in a prudent manner and under the ambit of the law” Oduah defended.
She further explained that the cars purchased were included in the “needs” of the NCAA in its quarterly budgeting.
“It is not true, cannot be true that NCAA bought bullet proof vehicles for honourable minister of aviation. My understanding is that what NCAA has done is to plan for its vehicle needs for the next three years under the Medium Term Expenditure Framework”.
The minister also took a swipe at numerous online publications, saying their allegations were not substantiated but based on the “erroneous” comment of her aide – Joel Obi, who initially admitted that the cars were purchased for Ms Oduah’s use following clear and present threats to her life.