Former Minister of Aviation and serving senator, Stella Oduah, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP).
Oduah, who represents Anambra North, was obtained into the fold of the ruling celebration at a quick ceremony held in Abuja on Thursday.
Mai Mala Buni, the Nationwide Chairman of the APC caretaker committee; Ovie Omo-Agege, deputy senate president; Atiku Bagudu, chairman of the Progressives Governors Discussion board (PGF), and Hope Uzodimma, Imo governor, have been current on the occasion.
SaharaReporters had completely reported in April that Oduah’s trial by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee over a N9.4billion fraud might steadily be scuttled going by her secret plot with the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and the Legal professional Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
SaharaReporters had learnt that the trial of Oduah which was alleged to go on in February 22 couldn’t proceed as a result of the co-defendants with the minister failed to seem earlier than Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja.
The decide had given the prosecution further weeks and slated April 19, however the case of the previous minister once more didn’t come up on Monday as scheduled.
It was gathered that Oduah met with Lawan and Malami to douse her case with the EFCC.
“February 22 has handed however she was not arraigned. April 19 has additionally handed. She is working very onerous utilizing Senate President and AGF to both scuttle arraignment or frustrate the trial. Alternatively, they’re planning to water down the trial by the prosecution by way of the EFCC chairman.
“One other approach is thru the prosecutor, Dr Hassan Liman, a detailed buddy of Lawan and the AGF,” a supply had revealed to SaharaReporters.
SaharaReporters had reported on February 22 that the EFCC had earlier deliberate to re-arraign Oduah over fraud totalling over N9.4billion on that very same day however her co-defendants failed to indicate up in court docket as a part of the plot.
Odua was scheduled to be arraigned on a 25-count cost of cash laundering alongside Gloria Odita, Nwobu Emmanuel Nnamdi, Chukuma Irene Chinyere, International Offshore and Marine Restricted, Crystal Tv Restricted, Sobora Worldwide Restricted and the China Civil Engineering Building Firm Restricted.
One of many counts within the cost reads, “That you simply, Stella Adaeze Oduah, while being the Minister of Aviation, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Gloria Odita while being the Firm Secretary to Sea Petroleum & Fuel Firm Ltd (SPGC), and an aide to the previous Minister of Aviation on or in regards to the twelfth day of February, 2014 at Abuja throughout the Abuja Judicial Division of this Honourable Courtroom used your positions to switch the sum of N1, 629,250,000 from 1-Sec Safety Nig. Ltd account No. 2021756955 with First Financial institution Plc to International Offshore and Marine Ltd account No. 2022977296 additionally domiciled with First Financial institution Plc, which cash you fairly must have identified types a part of the proceeds of an illegal act and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 15(2) (6) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (As Amended) and punishable beneath Part 15(3) of the identical Act.”
When the case was talked about, the prosecuting counsel, Dr Hassan Liman, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, knowledgeable the court docket that the fee tried each means doable however was unable to serve the fifth and sixth defendants with the court docket processes.
He due to this fact utilized for a further 14 days to serve them.
Justice Ekwo granted his prayer and adjourned until April 19, 2021, for arraignment.
SaharaReporters had on February 9 reported that Oduah could be arraigned for alleged monetary impropriety totalling greater than N9.4billion fraud.
SaharaReporters had in September 2017 uncovered how Oduah purchased a $1.2million house in London, disguising it within the robes of a foreign-registered firm in an effort to keep away from detection.
The transaction, which had been saved secret, was blown open when Mrs. Oduah determined to lease out the home and engaged the providers of a shady actual property firm, Daniel Ford and Firm Ltd, for that objective.
SaharaReporters had additionally reported in February 2018 that the EFCC had commenced investigation of Oduah, over her involvement within the N9.4billion contract for provide of safety gear to 22 airports throughout the nation.
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