Bulletproof cars: President Jonathan sets up administrative panel to probe Odua
As part of his steps to unravel the alleged scandal of the two BMW armoured cars purchased by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the Minister of Aviation, Stella Odua, President Goodluck Jonathan has set up a three-man Administrative Panel of inquiry to investigate the minister.
According to the President’s spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, President Jonathan has taken the initial step of asking the Minister for explanations and that is in public domain and so it will not be right to say that the President is not well seized of the matter.
“But also President Jonathan has also today taken a step further and you will probably be the first set of Nigerians to hear this, by setting up a three-man administrative panel of inquiry. This panel has the assignment to investigate whether the procurement process with regards to this armoured vehicles follow due process. This three-man panel is also to find out the purpose to which the vehicles were procured and then to inquire into any other instrumental matter,” he said. According to Abati, this three-man panel is to be chaired by the immediate former Head of Service of the Federation, Alhaji Isa Sali Bello, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dakusi (rtd) is a member, AVM Dick Iruenebere (rtd). The secretariat of the panel which is expected to submit its reports within two weeks will be provided by the office the NSA.
“Let me assure you that President Jonathan will like to assure the general public that nobody no matter how highly placed will be shielded or exempted from this inquiry that he has directed and that appropriate action will be taken against any person or persons who maybe found guilty of misconduct or misappropriation of public funds either in this respect or in any other respect.
“Indeed Mr. President considers this very weighty matter and that is not true as some people have been alleging that no action has been taken,” he said.
On whether the Minister will step aside while the panel carries out her investigation, Abati said, “well, I have just announced to you what I was asked to announce that a panel of inquiry has been set up, this panel will address all the relevant questions and advise Mr. President accordingly within two weeks”.