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Judiciary workers’ strike stalls Senator Stella Oduah’s arraignment in alleged N25B fraud




The deliberate arraignment of former Aviation Minister, Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah on the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja, at present, Monday, on alleged N25B fraud and cash laundering expenses has been aborted


That is owing to the on-going nationwide strike by judiciary employees within the nation.

The Senator, who allegedly dedicated the corruption offence when she served as Minister of Aviation beneath former President Goodluck Jonathan was billed to be arraigned in court docket at present, April 19 by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC)

On the Federal Excessive Courtroom billed to be presided over by Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo the place Mrs Oduah was speculated to be docked together with eight others, the gates had been put beneath lock and key by the placing employees.

DAILY POST noticed round 9am that well-wishers and sympathizers of the Senator who stormed the court docket to witness the arraignment had been turned again on the Courtroom’s entrance gate.

Non-public safety guards conserving watch on the court docket had been seen politely informing the group that the court docket won’t sit till additional discover.

Nonetheless, our Correspondent couldn’t confirm if the Senator representing Anambra North within the Senate was in one of many luxurious automobiles delivered to the court docket on account of their manufacturing unit fitted tinted glasses.

Her lead counsel Chief Onyechi Ikpeazu a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN merely mentioned that his shopper was able to honour the court docket as quickly as they’re prepared for her.

DAILY POST famous that that is the third time the arraignment of the previous Aviation Minister can be scuttled in the identical court docket for various causes.

In line with our findings, Senator Oduah’s arraingment was first stalled on February 9, 2021, following her absence in court docket which EFCC lawyer, Dr Hassan Liman, SAN, attributed to non service of the cost personally on her as required by regulation.

The trial choose, Justice Ekwo had then rescheduled her arraingment for Monday February 22, 2021 which additionally flopped.

Though Mrs Oduah was current in court docket on February 22 along with her legal professionals led by Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, the arraingment once more failed on account of non service of the cost sheet on two different defendants.

EFCC’s lawyer had instructed the court docket that the fee was but to serve the fifth and sixth defendants particularly with the court docket processes.

Liman had then looked for a brief adjournment to allow the EFCC serve the defendants that are company our bodies at their respective addresses.

In a brief ruling, Justice Ekwo granted the request and directed that the defendants be served inside 14 days.

The choose subsequently fastened at present, April 19 for the arraingment of the defendants to reply the prison fraud and cash laundering expenses introduced towards them by the anti graft company on behalf of the federal authorities.

Mrs Oduah is to face trial alongside eight others on a 26-count prison cost bordering on corruption, misappropriation and cash laundering.

Within the cost marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/316/20, the defendants had been in depend one charged with cash laundering whereas in depend two, Oduah in connivance with one Gloria Odita, Firm Secretary of Sea Petroleum & Gasoline Conthat, Ltd (SPGC), was alleged to have “used your place to switch the sum of N839,780,738.00 (Eight Hundred and Thirty 9 Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty, thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty Eight Naira solely) from 1-Sec Safety Nig. Ltd account No. 2021756955 with First Muds Plc to Broadwaters Assets Firm Ltd account No. 2023201064 with First Financial institution Plc which cash you fairly should have identified varieties a part of the proceeds of an illegal act to wit: Fraud and thereby, dedicated an offence contra, to Part 15(2) (b) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (As Amended) and punishable beneath Part 15(3) of the identical Act”.

The Senator was additionally accused of Illegally transferring one other sum of N838,000,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Thirty Eight Million Naira solely) in depend three.

In depend 4, each Mrs Oduah and Mrs Odita had been accused of laundering one other sum of NI, 629,250,000.00 (One Billion, Six Hundred and Twenty 9 Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Nairn solely) in February 2014 and one other N1.629,250,000.00 (One Billion, Six Hundred and Twenty 9 Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) in depend 5.

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