Oct. 21, 2013
NewsRescue– Whistleblowers Monitors, an international Anti-corruption Civil society has condemned the alleged manhunt for the whistleblower who exposed the $ 1.6m BMW scandal rocking the Aviation Ministry, saying this was an indication of lack of seriousness on the part of the Nigerian Government to fight corruption.
The group in statement signed by Comrade Abdullahi Bello said it was sad that rather than commend the Whistleblowers and the online media Sahara reporters which exposed the corruption,the Aviation ministry has been chasing shadows of harassing the staff of NCAA including the DG Fola Akinkuotu who was forced to address Press Conference which has further exposed the deal.
The group said it had months before alerted the Federal Government of the monumental corruption going on in parastatal under the Minister of Aviation for wish some of the anti corruption agencies looked helpless because of influence peddling and alleged closeness of the Minister to President Jonathan.
“We had given details of the siphoning of N6billion BASA fund from FAAN by the Minister without appropriation and not following due process under the guise of Airport rehabilitation. We have before the Anti-corruption agencies facts and detailed evidence backed with account numbers, receipts of how money was misappropriated by some agencies in collaboration with Princess Stella Oduah, and nothing was done by the agencies and the National Assembly to which copies were sent” the group said.
The group challenged the President to demonstrate his commitment to the anti corruption battle by ordering EFCC and the Anti Fraud Unit of the Police to submit the report of their investigation on the mismanagement of BASA Fund, and the N25b siphoned from the account of MAEVIS/FAAN or set up a probe into the Aviation Ministry under Oduah.
The general impression being given the general public was that of a Special business deal between the President and Princess Oduah which has made her untouchable, however the misdeed of Oduah may be. “We again attach copy of earlier petition by one of our whistleblowers for further action” the group stated.