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  • Updated: June 25, 2024

Reps demand arrests in NCAT helicopter sale scandal

Reps demand arrests in NCAT helicopter sale scandal

The House of Representatives, has called for the arrest of an alleged unlicensed auctioneer and the Director of Quality Control, at the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.

This action follows accusations that they provided false information under oath related to the sale of two helicopters for $1.2 million.

The House Committee on Public Assets, chaired by Representative Ademola Kuye, made this resolution after a session with NCAT management and other relevant stakeholders in Abuja on Tuesday.

Kuye explained that the committee's investigation revealed inconsistencies in the testimony provided by the auctioneer and the Director of Quality Control, particularly concerning the legitimacy and details of the helicopter sale.

“The committee has determined that the unlicensed auctioneer and the Director of Quality Control at NCAT, Zaria, should be arrested by the police within the National Assembly premises for giving false information under oath,” Kuye stated.

The call for arrests underscores the committee’s commitment to ensuring accountability and integrity in the management of public assets.

The investigation into the $1.2 million helicopter sale is part of a broader effort to scrutinize asset transactions and uphold transparency within government operations.

He called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, to take over the investigation into the alleged illegal sale of the two choppers by NCAT.

In December 2023, the House commenced an investigation into the state of public assets in the country.

He said the committee’s mandate was to recover assets and moribund public assets within and outside Nigeria.

He said the aircraft was sold without the approval of the Federal Executive Council.

Kuye expressed worry that the two choppers bought at $2.4 billion were sold at $1.2 billion without following due process.

“We requested documents of any kind of joint venture; there has been no response to that, whether you have one or not.

“We requested a list of assets, including a comprehensive description and specification of all your listed assets, rented apartments, including acquisition dates and methods, and the current status and conditions of such assets.

“We cannot specifically say that you have satisfied all of these requests. Though you tried to answer some of them, your responses are not adequate,” he said.

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