By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Lagos — The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has said it has no documents regarding the purchase of the two controversial armoured cars purpotedly bought for the use of the nation’s aviation industry.
NCAA’s position was contained in a three paragraph letter adressed to the Falana and Falana Chambers in response to the request by the law firm asking for detailed information about the purchase of the cars.
It will be recalled that Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, through one of his lawyers, had requested NCAA to furnish him with information regarding the purchase of the cars as well as such previous cars bought for such purposes in line with the FOI Act.
According to NCAA’s letter signed by its legal adviser, E. D. Chukwuma and dated October 23, 2013, with ref. No. NCAA/DG/F&F/Vol.11/2013/85, it stated that it was not in possesion of any document relating to the purchase of the armoured cars for the aviation minister.
Also the body disclosed that it has no information regarding records of previous armoured cars for the aviation ministry or its ministers.
The letter reads in part: “I am directed to refer to your letter dated October 21, 2013 on the above matter and to inform you that Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA is not in possesion of any document relating to the purchase of armoured cars for the Aviation Minister, Ms. Stella Oduah.”
“With the regard to your request for records of previous purchase of armoured cars by the aviation ministry or NCAA, I am to inform you that the NCAA does not have such records.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Falana has said he is determined to take further step to compel the Durector General of NCAA to tender the requested documents.
In a telephone interview with Vanguard, Falana said he will today (Monday) file a paper to the Attorney General of the Federation, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC as well as the National Assembly which has commenced investigation into the matter.
According to him, the terse response from NCAA denied any document was repudiating the information earlier given at a press conference by the authority.