Stakeholders in the aviation industry have called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, to urgently move into the sector to save it from crippling corruption.
The stakeholders spoke against the backdrop of the N255 million armoured car scam involving the Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah, and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA.
Former National Secretary of Airlines Operators of Nigeria, AON, Alhaji Mohammed Tukur, said that if there was any time the aviation sector needed the intervention of the anti-graft agencies, it was now.
“It is a sad situation because we have never had this level of corruption in this industry. The corruption in the Aviation Ministry is huge. It is not only NCAA that bought such vehicles. I can tell you on good authority that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, and Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, also bought some vehicles.
“That is why we are asking the anti-graft agencies to investigate these aviation parastatals. It is not only the minister that is involved. If somebody asked you to do something illegal, why not resign, instead of doing it?” Tukur asked.
Tukur, who said he has faith in the capacity of President Goodluck Jonathan to address the issue, warned that should he shield those involved from prosecution over the alleged scam, it would rub off negatively on his government.
On its part, the National Cabin Crew Association, NACCA, expressed shock over the armoured car scam, saying that even if the minister needed to address the issue of security, the cost of the vehicles was indefensible.