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Senate Paid N62.5m for Bulletproof Range Rover – Spokesperson



The Impounded Vehicle. Photo Credit: Sahara Reporters

The Senate on Tuesday admitted that it bought a bulletproof Range Rover Sports Utility Vehicle ( SUV ) as had been reported in the media.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi told newsmen in Abuja that indeed the senate procured the said vehicle but not at the price that was being reported.

Abdullahi said that the price of the vehicle when it was imported was $298,000 (N49.1 million) and not N298 million as was being reported.

According to the spokesperson of the Senate, the Upper Chamber paid N62.5m for the vehicle.

“Our attention has been drawn to the various false and mischievous reports in the media about the price of the vehicle which the Senate was said to have bought as part of its convoy but was later abandoned when it got impounded by the Customs over controversy surrounding import duty payment.

The correct price of the vehicle when it was imported in 2015 was $298,000 which at the prevailing rate of N165 to a dollar is about N49,170,000.

The Senate paid N62.5m for the vehicle in November 2015. This is contrary to the mischief by those who decided to turn the $298,000 to N298 million as the price of the vehicle.

For the avoidance of doubt, the price the Senate paid for that vehicle is N62.5m and not N298 million.

The Senate will appreciate it if all reports relating to the legislative institution, particularly on this vehicle matter, are reported with accuracy and all facts put in proper perspective.

We urge journalists to avoid sensationalism. The Senate is a responsible institution and those who believe that when they have issues to explain before it,  the next thing to do is to resort to falsehood, blackmail, muck-raking and mudslinging, should know that they are just overheating the polity and undermining our democratic institution.

Finally, the Senate wish to reiterate our total commitment to upholding the rule of law and to work for Nigerians, in accordance with our constitution,” he said.

The Senate had been in the eye of the storm over its probe of the activities of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) with media reports alleging that the upper legislative chamber was on a revenge mission.

Media reports alleged that attention of the Senate on the NSC was because the service impounded an SUV allegedly procured by the President of the Senate Bukola Saraki.

The report said that the service refused to bulge in spite of the intervention of the Senate to release the SUV.

Meanwhile, at an investigative hearing by the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, the importer of the vehicle absolved Saraki of any complicity in the importation.

The President of the Senate who also appeared before the committee stressed that he did not import any vehicle and does not own the vehicle that was purportedly seized.

He urged that the Senate as an institution must be strengthened so as to save the nation’s democracy.

Photo Credit: Sahara Reporters


  1. Thatnaijagirl

    March 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Hmmmmm….. Knew it!!! All that noise about Dino’s certificate, Customs boss not wearing uniform etc.. where just cover up for other serious political issues going on in the country….. I wonder why we still practice federal system of government and the truth is I don’t even know what the Senate and house of reps are doing in that Abuja Abeg make dem pack well… In due time we will all give account to God about how we use all the opportunities (power, position, money, time and even the air we breath in) that were given to us individually…

    • nnenne

      March 28, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      @ Justnaijagirl. … Yes, you got it. Mere distractions. From Suleman, to Dino etc.
      Just mere distractions. No one is asking questions and talking about real issues.
      They continue to win. Sad. Much.

  2. Iphee

    March 28, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Ermmn … 2 wrongs do not make a right. I cannot accept to work as the head of an organization that has a dress code and refuse to show up to work dressed appropriately. If he had donned his uniform in the 1st place , the senate would have nothing on him now abi?

    That said, I learnt he flies in a private jet???… That cost way more than NGN 62 million. Why can’t Nigerian public office holders for once not live a simple frugal life .

  3. Fear God

    March 28, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    You pay N62m for a car that cost N49m and that is somehow okay?

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