The House of Representatives has called the alleged launch of Nigeria Air during the final days of former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration a fraud.
The House Committee on Aviation has directed the Federal Ministry of Aviation and its partners in the Nigeria Air project to immediately suspend flight operations and all other airline-related actions.
The resolution was issued during an investigative hearing attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and other stakeholders.
The committee stated in a resolution read by the chairman, Nmolim Nnaji, that the process was shrouded in secrecy.
The committee urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to form a high-level Presidential Committee to conduct a comprehensive review of the Nigeria Air project’s processes and advise the government on the next steps.
It also demanded that all individuals, groups, or organisations involved in the shady “Nigeria Air Take-Off” be brought to justice, prosecuted, and sanctioned.
According to the resolution, “a careful review of the process indicates that the exercise is highly opaque, shrouded in secrecy, shoddy, and capable of mocking and tarnishing Nigeria’s image before the international community.” We would like to state unequivocally that the Committee, as well as the National Assembly, had no role in the alleged launch of Nigeria Air or anything related to it.”
The launch of Nigeria Air was deemed fraudulent by the chairman of the House Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji, after the major parties involved in the deal between the Federal Government and Ethiopian Airlines denied knowledge of the launch.
The Ministry of Aviation claimed Nigeria Air was only unveiled and not launched, which the committee dismissed as a diversionary tactic.
The committee members were shocked when NAMA revealed that the Nigerian-flag-bearing aircraft was on a chartered flight to Nigeria.
Other parties who confirmed the disclosure remarked that a chartered aircraft could be painted in any colour and with any text.