File picture of Ex-Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah
A Federal Excessive Court docket decide has threatened to situation a bench warrant of arrest on Former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah over her steady absence in court docket.
Justice Inyang Ekwo issued the menace on Monday, following the refusal of the previous minister to honour court docket proceedings.
Oduah, now a Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District within the Nationwide Meeting, was billed to be arraigned on a 25-count alongside 4 others.
The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) is alleging that Oduah misappropriated public funds whereas serving as a minister.
Different defendants are Gloria Odita, Nwosu Emmanuel Nnamdi, Chukwuma Irene Chinyere, World Offshore, and Marine Restricted, Tip High World Sources Restricted, Crystal Tv Restricted, Sobora Worldwide Restricted, and China Civil Engineering Building Company (CCECC) Nigeria Restricted.
They’re charged with conspiracy and cash laundering in addition to sustaining nameless financial institution accounts.
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On the resumed listening to on Monday, Counsel to the EFCC, Hassan Liman, stated all of the defendants have been served with the fees as ordered by the court docket.
He added that 32 witnesses have been lined as much as testify in opposition to her and eight others with a view of building the fraud costs in opposition to them.
Nonetheless, the previous minister and the fourth defendant weren’t in court docket.
Justice Ekwo stated he would repair one other day for the arraignment of the defendants.
Ekwo additionally directed the prosecution to get their “home so as” whereas including that “a warrant of arrest might be issued in opposition to any defendant that’s absent from court docket on the day fastened for arraignment”.
The decide, due to this fact, fastened October 19 and 20 for the arraignment.
That is the fourth time the arraignment of the previous minister has been stalled, having been beforehand fastened for February 9, February 22, and April 19.