Aviation Ministry confirms purchase of 2 bulletproof vehicles worth $1.6m (N255m) for Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah

The Ministry of Aviation has confirmed that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority bought two bulletproof vehicles worth $1.6m (N255m) for the Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah.

An online news medium, SaharaReporters, had reported on Tuesday that the armoured vehicles were delivered to the minister in August.

The medium reported that documents in its possession showed that the transaction for the purchase of the two BMW cars started in June, but the request for the delivery of and payment for them was fast-tracked between August 13 and 15, 2013.

The transaction involved the NCAA, First Bank of Nigeria, and Coscharis Motors Limited, according to the report.

The two black BMW 760 Li HSS vehicles had chasis numbers WBAHP41050DW68032 and WBAHP41010DW68044, and were reportedly delivered to the NCAA on August 13, 2013. They were received by two store managers, F. Onoabhagbe and Y. A. Amzat, who is also the agency’s head of transport.

Meanwhile, two major air crashes have occurred under Oduah’s watch.

These were the Dana Air crash in Lagos on June 3, 2012, in which 163 people died; and the Associated Airlines crash of October 3, 2013, also in Lagos, which claimed 15 lives.

A day after the Associated Airlines’ crash, a Kabo Airlines’ Boeing 747-400 plane carrying 512 pilgrims made an emergency landing at the Sokoto airport with deflated tyres and damaged the airport’s Instrument Landing System.

On Sunday, an IRS Airlines Fokker 100 plane carrying 99 passengers also made an emergency landing at the Kaduna airport, after developing hydraulic problems mid-air.

Four days after the tragic crash involving Associated Airlines’ Embraer 120 plane, Oduah described air accidents as God’s will that were inevitable.

She had explained that security and safety could not be achieved without proper funding.

However, the Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Aviation, Mr. Joe Obi, who confirmed the development on Wednesday, said the vehicles were purchased to protect the minister from some external threats.
He said: “Yes, it is true that some security vehicles were procured for the use of the office of the honourable minister in response to the clear and imminent threat to her personal security and life following the bold steps she took to reposition the sector.

“When she came on board as the minister, she inherited a lot of baggage in terms of the concession and lease agreements in the sector, which were clearly not in the interest of the government and people of Nigeria.

“And so, she took bold steps and some of these agreements were reviewed and some were terminated, and these moves disturbed some entrenched interests in the sector, and within this period, she began to receive some imminent threats to her life; therefore, the need for the vehicles.

“It should be noted that these vehicles are not personal vehicles and were not procured in the name of the honourable minister; they are utility vehicles and are for the office of the minister, and if she leaves the office, she will not be taking the vehicles along with her.”

Credit: Udeme Ekwere/Punch News

This is ridiculous! First and foremost, bullet-proof cars dont cost that much! Secondly, why TWO bulletproofs cars?! and thirdly, FG claims the nation is 'BROKE', cannot finance ASUU demand of re-equipping our Universities but can easily pay astronomical figures for cars!

This can only happen in Nigeria, and if we all keep mute every time facts of government's ridiculous and wasteful spending comes to light, we only have ourselves to blame for allowing corruption to trend!


  1. GEJ cannot fire this woman and the Oil Minister Alison trust me. They have some dubious deal going on. Inconpetent leader and his incompetent subordinates

  2. Which way Nigeria? 255million on 2 cars. Not good

  3. dis story is very annoying

    the truth is GEJ wnt fire her, same way he didnt fire that woman from the Oil scam.....

    dis is wat u get when u put round pegs in square holes all in d name of partisan politics....

    the woman that claimed air accidents whia "acts of God", so she self no wan die

  4. Fresh air my foot Jo-lantern and the 2 evil women - Stella Odua and Allison Madueke will run this country to d ground I swear


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