Vehicle Purchase Allegation: NCAA Tackles “Blackmailers”

Vehicle Purchase Allegation: NCAA Tackles “Blackmailers”

Following a recent publication by the Daily Nigerian, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it “has received a shocking barrage of blackmail proposals and letters from various sponsored groups masquerading as Perception Managers and Influence Groups.”

A statement signed by Michael Achimugu, NCAA’s Director, Consumer Protection & Public Affairs reads: “The Authority and its Director-General, Capt. Chris Najomo is by this statement, making it clear that it will not bow to blackmail or threats of any nature. We are not unaware of the elements behind these spurious attempts designed to aid the bid of certain power-seekers and we will respond robustly to any further attempts to cause chaos in our agency.

The NCAA acknowledges the genuine Civil Society Organizations who have written to seek clarification about the issues raised. We will continue to be transparent about their concerns and we stand by our response via the press conference held on 29/04/2024 that no purchase of vehicles has been made and so, no procurement rules have been abused.

Any organization, publication, or individual with a purchase receipt or evidence of same stands challenged to publish it.

Sequel to the notice of legal action that has been served on the publisher of Daily Nigerian and his reporter, the Authority will not hesitate to take legal action against blackmailers whose demands for money to “defend” a victim of defamation or have them face “negative public embarrassment” is not only sad but intolerable.

The NCAA remains committed to ensuring that safety and economic regulations are strictly adhered to. We have serious work to do and we must acknowledge and appreciate the commitment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Honourable Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo SAN, to improving the aviation sector as the centrepiece of Nigeria’s economic growth. The NCAA is grateful for the support of its staffers and unions who recently expressed a vote of confidence in the Capt. Najomo-led management.

For the avoidance of any doubt, neither the agency nor Capt. Chris Najomo will be distracted by falsehood and blackmail.

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Albinus Chiedu

Albinus Chiedu is a journalist, aviation media consultant, events management professional, and author. He has practiced journalism since 2000.

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