Former Minister of Aviation Senator Stella Oduah has claimed that there was no basis upon which she could be probed in connection with the N225 million bullet-proof BMW cars she purchased as a minister.
The senator said she was unaware of any probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on any matter concerning her.
She was reacting to media report that she had been invited by the EFCC for questioning over the cars.
Ms Oduah told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja at the weekend that that there was no basis upon which she could be probed, saying that the vehicle did not belong to her.
“To start with, I do not know where any letter on the probe is because nobody has invited me. And as far as I know, there is nothing and there cannot be anything on invitation for purchase of a BMW.
“I did not buy a BMW; I have never bought a BMW. The BMW is a property of the government, and it is still in government’s care.
“The car is with the agency that bought it.
“The agency is still using it, and so, why will the car which belongs to government and in the care of government and being used by government, be an issue for me?
“I have since left the ministry,” she said.
She said the reports were the handiworks of persons, who were not comfortable with the tremendous achievements she made in the aviation sector and wanted to tarnish her image.
The former minister said when she was appointed, Nigerian airports were in poor states and could be compared to motor parks.
She added that no effort by anyone, including her predecessors in the ministry, could be compared with what she did to reposition the aviation industry for the period she was the minister.
Oduah, now a lawmaker, challenged anyone to do a comparative analysis of the sector before she became minister, while she was minister and after she left as minister.
“I think some people are not just comfortable that what we did in aviation is unimaginable.
“What we did in aviation was so far-reaching that it had never been done before; it was unprecedented.
“To get into the lounge where people sit was impossible; most motor parks were better than what we had at the airport, whether in Lagos, Abuja or Sokoto.
“We took them on and efficiently, and in a very timely manner, changed every one of them and made Nigeria airspace safe,’’ she said.
She said safety of Nigerian passengers was made a priority while she held sway, adding that landing gears, flight gadgets and every single thing was functioning to make Nigeria’s airspace recognised by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
“I challenge anybody to just do a spreadsheet; how aviation was before, how I made aviation and how aviation is today.”