group of concerned stakeholders in the aviation industry has alleged that the former Minister of Aviation, who is presently a senator at the National Assembly, Stella Oduah, in connivance with the director Finance and Accounts, Akin Ijiwole, and the director Finance and Accounts for Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, conspired to defraud government of several billions of dollars meant for developing the aviation sector.
The group under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Aviation Stakeholders in Nigeria, CCASN, in a statement signed by Kolawole Rasheed and SaniAbdullahiDaura, alleged that it was in custody of several evidences suggesting that the trio of Oduah, Ijiwole and Ozigi conspired to defraud Nigeria of tax payers’ monies amounting to billions of dollars, which would have been used to reduce inherent risks in the sector, but instead used to finance unexecuted, inflated and unprocessed contracts during Oduah’s tenure as Minister of Aviation.
The group said it had written a petition to Almushahid Initiative for Transparency and Accountability, a firm that promotes good governance in Nigeria, and it is presently being investigated by the NGO independently and they were convinced that the outcome would be mind-boggling.
The group noted that the trio, who conspired to approve payment for the contracts most of which either did not meet the requirements of Public Procurement Act, but were facilitated by the Oduah’s administration, which prompted her premature exit from government as she was circling the government of then President Goodluck Jonathan with impunity.
It added that the trio had jeopardised the lives of passengers in the aviation industry with their sharp practices.
The group called on the Attorney General of the Federation to institute legal actions against the trio and invite them to tender evidences to convict those who had impoverished the country.

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