The Senate has admitted that it bought the bullet proof SUV, the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, seized for its president, Senator Bukola Saraki.
But it denied reports that the controversial vehicle was bought for N298 million.
The Senate’s clarification was contained in a statement it released on Tuesday and signed by its spokesman, Abdullahi Sabi.
The statement reads in part, “The correct price of the vehicle, when it was imported in 2015, was $298,000 which, at the prevailing rate of N165 to a dollar, was about N49, 170, 000. Senate paid N62.5 million for the vehicle in November 2015. This is contrary to the mischief by those who decided to turn the $298,000 to N298 million as the price of the vehicle.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the price of that vehicle was N62.5 million and not N298 million.
“Senate will appreciate it if all reports relating to the legislative institution, particularly on this vehicle matter, are reported with accuracy and all facts put in proper perspective.”