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Government: President Jonathan sacks Aviation Minister, 3 others

Abuja, Nigeria - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday sacked the country's embattled Aviation Minister, Ms. Stella Oduah, and three other ministers, in the latest in a series of firings in recent times, the local media reported.

Also dropped from the cabinet are Police Affairs Minister Caleb Olubolade; Niger Delta Minister Godsday Orubebe and Minister of State for Finance Yerima Ngama.

No reasons were given for the sack, but at least two of the ministers have faced serious allegations of corruption.

Ms. Oduah landed in hot water after she was found to have approved the purchase of two bullet-proof cars for 255 million naira (US$1.5 million) by an agency under her ministry, in contravention of laid-down procedures.

The action has generated widespread anger across the country and triggered calls for her removal and prosecution.

In recent times, President Jonathan has also fired his Service Chiefs and relieved his Chief of Staff of his post.

Pana 13/02/2014