Sunday, November 03, 2013

Oduahgate: Battle shifts to manufacturers of armored vehicles

The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation is seeking more information on the controversial N255million BMW armored vehicles from its manufacturers.

The information is expected to throw light on areas considered grey by the committee in its ongoing probe of the purchase of the vehicles by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

It was gathered that the committee has already reached out to the manufacturers.

Investigation showed that some members of the House Committee have been mandated to verify certain discrepancies in the purchase deal such as the manufacture date and the chassis numbers of the vehicles.

Specifically, the committee wants to establish whether the vehicles were rolled out in 2008 or 2012.

One of the retrieved vehicles was said to have aged when the House Committee members went on inspection, fueling speculations of underhand dealing.

It was also gathered that four different chassis numbers purportedly belonging to be those of the vehicles need to be verified.

The chassis numbers are: DW68011; DW68044; DW68032; and DW68047.

It was gathered that the chassis number of one of the retrieved cars does not tally with the document presented by Coscharis Motors.

A source in the committee said: “We are already reaching out to the manufacturer of the vehicles to ascertain the fact-sheet at our disposal. We have noted some contradictions in the documents in our custody.

“Fortunately enough for us, we inspected the vehicles and wrote down their chassis numbers. Yet, there are some discrepancies. So, it became imperative for us to take photographs of what we saw.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “We may continue our sitting on Monday and we hope to end our work on or before Thursday.”

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