As the dust over the alleged purchase of two armored BMW cars at the cost of $1.6 million (N225 million) for the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, is yet to settle, the National Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, yesterday refuted yet another allegation that it had purchased four Toyota Tundra vehicles for the embattled minister.
According to a report by an online news portal, Sahara Reporters, NAMA had purportedly bought the Tundras in addition to four stretch limousine cars that were allegedly purchased for the movement of VIPs.
SaharaReporters, which initially broke the news of the N255m armored vehicles scandal, showed pictures of the Limousines parked at the headquarters of the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) grounds in Abuja yesterday.
But NAMA, in a statement signed by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Supo Atobatele, denied that the agency bought the cars.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), has been drawn to a frivolous, malicious and mischievous report being bandied by an online news outfit to the effect that the agency bought four Limousines along with other brands for the ministry of aviation or its leadership.
“We hereby make it categorically clear to the unsuspecting public that this evil story as being promoted, is patently false in its entirety and calculated to put the agency and the office of the minister into disrepute” it said.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the said Limousines belong to a concessionaire who is running a VIP shuttle service for Non-Schedule Operators (Charter flights)” he explained.
“The said vehicles were never on the inventory of NAMA and we would like to declare with all emphasis that we do not run ground services as we are statutorily an air navigation service provider” he said.
“We would like to advice that the media be weary of unconfirmed stories from mischief makers who are bent on creating chaos in the aviation industry,” Supo said.