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N5bn Scandal: How AGF Malami, Senate President Are Frustrating Stella Oduah’s Trial

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The Accountant Normal of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and Senate President Ahmed Lawan are allegedly utilizing their powers to frustrate the trial of former Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah over a N5bn scandal.

It has additionally been alleged that the prosecutor, Hassan Liman, is a detailed good friend of the AGF and Senate President.



Oduah, who the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee indicted in 2014, alongside the Nigerian subsidiary of Chinese language development big, CCECC, in alleged fraudulent money transactions of about N5billion, had refused to look in court docket with the backing of the AGF and Senate President.

The EFCC was set to arraign Oduah on February 22, 2021, within the Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja, for alleged monetary impropriety, however the defendant had refused to look in court docket.

Justice Inyang Ekwo had earlier fastened the date for February 9, 2021, however rescheduled as a result of the previous minister was but to be served with the court docket processes.

A supply informed SaharaReporters, “She was to be arraigned on February 9, 2021 however she did not come to court docket on the excuse that she had not been served the papers; the court docket then adjourned to February 22 for her arraignment.

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“That date can also be previous now, however she was not arraigned. Malami is working with Senate President Lawan to frustrate her trial. She makes use of Senate President and AGF to both scuttle frustrate the trial or water down the trial.”

Oduah, who now represents Anambra North within the Nigerian Senate, was eliminated because the Minister of Aviation by then President Goodluck Jonathan following a scandal over N255million armoured vehicles, which she made the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), an company beneath her supervision as Minister of Aviation, purchase for her at inflated costs.

On December 17, 2020, EFCC filed 25 counts in opposition to Oduah (1st defendant), CCECC Nigeria Restricted (ninth defendant) and 7 others comprising individuals and companies.

One of many different defendants within the case, Gloria Odita (2nd defendant), is claimed to be an aide to Oduah when she was Minister of Aviation. She is claimed to be the corporate secretary for Sea Petroleum & Fuel Firm (SPGC) Restricted, a agency based by the previous minister.

The remainder of the defendants are an worker of SPCG and aide to Oduah, Nwobu Nnamdi (third defendant), Chukwuma Chinyere (4th defendant), International Offshore and Marine Ltd (fifth defendant), Tip High International Sources Restricted (sixth defendant), Crystal Tv Restricted (seventh defendant), and Sobora Worldwide Restricted (eighth defendant).

The EFCC, within the 25 counts, accused them of conspiracy to commit cash laundering, transferring, taking management and taking possession of proceeds of fraud, aiding and abetting cash laundering and opening nameless financial institution accounts.

Particularly, the prosecution alleged in two of the 25 counts that Oduah and Odita opened nameless “personal banking nominee” greenback and naira accounts with First Financial institution, thereby committing an offence opposite to part 11(1) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable beneath part 11(4) (a) of the identical Act.

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