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NCAT helicopter sale: Reps order IGP to take over probe, arrest culprits 

The House of Representatives has asked for the arrest of an alleged unlicensed auctioner and Director of Quality Control of the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, by the Police in the National Assembly for providing false information on oath, and the alledged sale of two helicopters belonging to the college for $1.2 million.

The Commitee on Public Assets which gave the urge also called on the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to take over the investigation of alleged indiscriminate sale of two helicopters by the College.

The panel passed the resolution after about five hours of interaction with the management of the College and other stakeholders on Tuesday.

The House had in December, 2023, launched an investigation into the state of public assets in the country, giving the committee mandate is to recover assets valued at trillions of naira and moribund public assets within and outside Nigeria, and to unravel reasons behind the hurried sale of two helicopters without the approval of the Federal Executive Council, just days to the end of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Present at the Commitee were the management team of NCAT, representatives of the Nigerian Army and others crucial to .

Chairman of the Commitee, Ademorin Kuye, expressed worries  that the two choppers bought at $2.4 million were sold at $1.2 million without due process.

“We requested for documents of any kind of joint venture, there is no response to that whether you have one or you do not have. 

“We requested for list of assets including comprehensive description and specifications of all your list assets, rented apartments including acquisition dates and methods and the current status and conditions of such Assets. We can not say specifically that you have satisfied all of these requests. Though you tried to answer some of them, your response are not adequate”, Kuye said.

In his reaction, Musa Alkali, Coordinator Nigerian Army Aviation said that the request by Army to make use of the helicopters in the fight against terrorism was turned down, demanding however that the two helicopters said to be in the US should be  recovered.