Presidential committee may pronounce Oduah not guilty

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Stella Oduah,
Stella Oduah, Aviation Minister

There are strong indications that the three-man presidential committee inaugurated about two weeks ago to probe the purchase of bulletproof cars allegedly approved by the aviation minister, Stella Oduah, may produce a “not guilty” verdict after all.

The three-man panel which is chaired by the immediate former head of service of the federation, Isa Sali Bello, also has the National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki and another defence intelligence expert, Dick Iruenebere, as members.

Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Reuben Abati, while announcing the inauguration of the committee, listed the panel’s assignment to include investigation of the procurement process with regards to these armoured vehicles, whether it had complied with due process requirement.

Very reliable sources hinted that the committee has finished its work and its reports are ready and will be presented to the president any moment from now.

But a source who claim to be ion the know of the committee’s preliminary report said that the committee would most likely exonerate Oduah and will give President Goodluck Jonathan enough reason not to dispense off with the controversial minister.

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