As the House of Representatives starts its investigation on the two armoured vehicles bought for the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah’s use by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, has described as false report published by Saharareporters that it bought vehicles for the minister.
Saharareporters first reported the issue of the purchase of armoured vehicles and went ahead to publish pictures it claimed were vehicles bought for the minister by NAMA.
NAMA in a press statement by its general manager, public affairs, Supo Atobatele stated that the pictures circulated by the online medium were vehicles of a leasing company that hires out cars to passengers.
The statement read, “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)” .
“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” .