Senate Admits Buying Controversial Bullet Proof SUV For N62m
The Nigerian Senate has finally claimed ownership of the controversial Range Rover Sports Utility Vehicle currently impounded by the Nigeria Customs Service.
The upper chamber on Tuesday said the vehicle was procured at $298,000 (N49.1 million) and not N298 million as being reported.
According to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the vehicle was procured in 2015 at an exchange rate of N165 to a dollar.
He said the Senate paid over 10 million Naira as landing cost and payment to customs for the clearance of the vehicle.
He said the SUV was bought as part of Senate President Bukola Saraki's convoy but was later abandoned when it got impounded by the Customs over controversy surrounding import duty payment.
The Senate had been in the eye of the storm over its probe of the activities of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) with media reports alleging that the upper legislative chamber was on a revenge mission.
Media reports alleged that attention of the Senate on the NSC was due to the fact that the service impounded an SUV allegedly procured by the President of the Senate Bukola Saraki.
The report said that the service refused to bulge in spite of the intervention of the Senate to release the SUV.