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House of Reps orders Stella Oduah’s N225M Bullet Proof Cars to be Returned

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In October 2013, Nigeria’s former Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah made headlines for acquiring two black BMW 760 Li HSS bullet proof cars.

The cars valued at $1.6 million (N255 million) was purchased by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority – NCAA for Oduah.

Joe Obi, the Special Assistant to Oduah during her tenure, claimed the cars were purchased for “security reasons”. If you missed the info, read it here.

Yesterday the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, ordered the NCAA to return the cars to the contractor and recover the money.

The cars are currently parked in Abuja, with no government official making use of them.

Nkiruja Chidubem Onyejeocha said NCAA has no reason for keeping the cars, stressing the contract term between the NCAA and Coscharis Motors be cancelled.
“What we said about the bullet proof cars is that the contract should be cancelled and that they do not have any business keeping the cars. It should be returned to the supplier and then recover our money,” Onyejeocha said.

11 Comments

  1. Ada

    June 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Thats a joke right? The reparation exercise should be extended to EVERYONE who has ever served in the Nigerian Goverment and currently serving government officials…These guys need to get busy!

  2. Bliss

    June 5, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Dear Onyejeocha, contracts of such magnitude don’t just get cancelled like that. You make it sound like returning a tight pair of jeans to walmart. We are talking $1.6 million duuuuh. Have u considered damages and expenses incurred by Coscharis to custom order that car from BMW and then ship it to naija? Btw, in the US once a car is driven out of the dealership lot, it’s value instantly drops 50% or more, talk less of shipping it out of the country and attempting to return it. It won’t be easy either for BMW to resell that car, as its a ridiculously expensive custom made car. The damages are too much shaaaa. Y’all are in for a veeery looooooong tin, if you try to return it. You will lose alot of money in damages. I think it would be smarter to auction the car to anyone in the world who is willing to buy it.

    • Naveah

      June 5, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      KPOM to the 10th power!

    • Gorgeous

      June 5, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      lol, a cars value drops to 50%? What are you saying? It was a fraudulent transaction, and the dealer entered into this transaction with a fraudulent government official at his own risk. If he is going to go after anyone for damages it would be stellla. Stella acted out of her authority and was not representing the government, as the government never asked her to purchase those vehicles.

  3. deb

    June 5, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    If you this to Stella Odua, then do the same to Deziani Allison Madueke. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

  4. @edDREAMZ

    June 5, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    I think they should cut this woman some slack and let her have all she has stolen since she is no longer working there…. If that then mrs madueke jet needs to be returned to….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  5. Radiant

    June 5, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    See law suit staring all of them in the face.

  6. Bliss

    June 5, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Gorgeous, Stella was an agent of the NCAA. It’s called vicarious liability. Therefore, the NCAA bears the burden of her actions done within the scope of authority granted her by the NCAA. I’m sure she was granted authority to make such purchases for the NCAA. I’m sure the contract stated that the car was for the NCAA and to be used for her official travel. I’m also sure it didnt state it was for her personal use as she intended it for. We don’t place an unreasonable expectation on the victim to read the mind of the defrauder. And yes the value of a car, driven out of a dealership lot in the US, drops 50% or more instantly.

  7. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    June 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Mr. Chidubem, you cannot just state that the contract be cancelled and expect that your words carry a dissolving astringent. The privity of contract that exists between the parties, if at all it extends to you in your capacity as the chairman house of rep. committee on aviation, does so in a very limited way. What exactly do you even mean by cancelled in the first place? To dissolve the contract they have to refer to the fine print of its terms which may provide for when the contract will stand dissolved.

    As far as I am concerned, the car is just a decoy. Money has been laundered through the over inflated purchase price of the car which is just sitting quietly waiting to be spent. it does not matter what is done to the car. Motives have been satisfied. Its all in a days job.

  8. Omo Dem Say

    June 5, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I agree with about every comment here but you all are forgetting it’s Nigeria we are talking about. I don’t mean to be “that guy” but I see this as a means for the cars to “vanish”… my 2 cents!

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