Reps Order Arrest Of NCAT Director Over Sale Of Helicopters

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Reps Order Arrest Of NCAT Director Over Sale Of Helicopters

Reps Order Arrest Of NCAT Director Over Sale Of Helicopters—-The House of Representatives has mandated the arrest of the Director of Quality Control at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, and an unlicensed auctioneer for allegedly providing false information under oath and selling two helicopters for $1.2 million.

This directive was issued to the National Assembly police by the House Committee on Public Assets.

The Committee has called on Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun to investigate NCAT’s alleged unauthorized sale of the helicopters. This resolution followed a five-hour session with NCAT management and other involved parties.

The investigation was initiated on July 31, 2023, following media reports about the sale of two Bell 206L-3 helicopters, which were public assets used for training pilots. Committee Chairman Hon. Ademorin Kuye raised concerns that the helicopters, purchased for $2.4 million, were sold for $1.2 million without adhering to proper procedures.

“We requested documents of any joint venture; there is no response to that whether you have one or you do not. We requested for a list of assets, including a comprehensive description and specifications of all your listed assets, rented apartments, including acquisition dates and methods and the current status and conditions of such assets.

We cannot say specifically that you have satisfied all of these requests. Though you tried to answer some of them, your response is inadequate,” Kuye stated.

Lawmakers also questioned the involvement of an unlicensed auctioneer, who failed to provide satisfactory responses to the panel’s inquiries.

In a related matter, Musa Alkali, the coordinator of Nigerian Army Aviation, expressed frustration that the Army’s request to use the helicopters in counter-terrorism operations was denied. He demanded that the two helicopters be recovered.

The House Committee’s actions underscore the importance of transparency and due process in managing public assets, especially those critical to national security and training.



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