The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has denied having any documents relating to the two BMW bulletproof cars it bought for the Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah.The denial came two days after Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), gave seven days ultimatum to NCAA to supply his law firm with the information.
Falana’s request, dated October 21, 2013, was made on the strength of the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
But a copy of the reply to the request, dated October 23, 2013, by the NCAA Director-General, Mr. Fola Akinkuotu, was obtained by our correspondent on Sunday.
In his reply through the NCAA Legal Adviser, Mr. E.K Chukwuma, Akinkuotu also claimed not to have in the possession of the NCAA any documents relating to previous purchase of such cars.
The reply read,”I am directed to your letter dated 21st October 2013 on the above matter (Request for information on N255m armored cars for Aviation Minister, Ms Stella Oduah) and to inform you that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is not in possession of any document relating to the purchase of armoured cars for the Aviation Minister, Ms Stella Oduah.“With regard to your request for records of previous purchase of armoured cars by the Aviation Ministry or NCAA, I am to inform you that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority does not have such records.”
But Falana, in a telephone chat with our correspondent on Sunday, said he would report the development to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as a follow-up to his earlier petition.