Certificate scandal: Stella Oduah proceeds on a ‘medical leave’ abroad (Report)

by Oge Okonkwo


Report from the online media platform, SaharaReporters indicate that the embattled Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah has not returned to Abuja since reports of her certificate scandal emerged. This information was gathered from sources in the presidency.

According to SaharaReporters, the minister informed President Jonathan that she was attending to her medical needs in Brazil, following which she left for an undisclosed country.

SaharaReporters gathered that:

Mrs. Oduah, who was also embroiled in a BMW purchase scandal prior to the certificate mess, reportedly took off from Nigeria after the report of a presidential panel indicting her for a string of corrupt practices was leaked to her. The panel reportedly went beyond its initial brief to unravel a string of corrupt acts of the minister including how she connived with commercial banks to receive kickbacks for renovation projects initiated at airports across the country.

The panel, which was set up by President Jonathan in October to look into how she squeezed the cash-strapped Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to purchase two armored BMW cars for $1.6million.  The story was also broken by SaharaReporters. 

Rather than face the consequences of her own actions, Mrs. Oduah has been telling anyone willing to listen that she merely “stepped on powerful toes” in the country.


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