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23 Oct 2013

Jonathan Sets Up Panel To Probe Oduah’s Car Scandal, Gives Two Weeks

President Goodluck Jonathan has set up an administrative panel consisting of 3 members for the purpose of investigating the armoured car scandal related to the aviation minister Stella Oduah.
It was made known by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, in the course of the weekly meeting of the Executive Council of the Federation.
The body will be chaired by the immediate past Head of Service, Sali Bello.
According to the information provided, other members include the National Security Adviser Colonel Sambo Dasuki, and Air Vice Marshal Dik Iruenebere.
Mr. Abati also confirmed Jonathan had queried Mrs. Oduah asking her to provide explanations on the controversial purchase.
The new panel of enquiry should find out whether the purchase of the vehicles for about N255 million followed due process or not and also investigate the reasons for vehicles procurement.
Mr. Abati did not state if the minister would step aside while she is being investigated. Mrs. Oduah was conspicuously absent at Wednesday’s FEC meeting.
It was mentioned that the panel was given two weeks to conclude its task and give the President the necessary recommendations regarding the issue.

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