Former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah May Soon End Up In Jail

Date: 12-07-2021 1:19 pm (2 months ago) | Author: Giwa bayo
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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, threatened to issue a warrant of arrest against former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, if she failed to appear in court by the next adjourned date. Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the warning after Dr Hassan Liman, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) told the court that the former minister and one other defendant were not in court to take their plea.

Oduah, along with eight others, is facing trial in an alleged N5 billion fraud. The court had earlier fixed Feb. 9 for the arraignment of the former minister and eight others. But because Oduah, who currently represents Anambra North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, was not served with the court processes, the arraignment could not go on.

The court also fixed April 19 for the arraignment but due to the strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), the matter could not hold. EFCC alleges that Oduah misappropriated public funds to the tune of N5 billion while serving as Minister of Aviation.

When the matter was called, Liman informed the court that the case was scheduled for arraignment. He said the EFCC had carried out the court order made on Feb. 9.

“On Feb. 22, 2020, my lord made an order of substituted service on the 5th and 6th defendants in the trial. “We have carried out the order my lord,” he said. Justice Ekwo, however, said that since the court did not sit on the last adjourned date, today’s proceeding should be for a report on the development and another date would be fixed for arraignment.
“How many witnesses are you calling,” the judge asked.

Liman said the EFCC would be calling at least 32 witnesses. He said some of the witnesses were within the court jurisdiction, while others were not. He added that the agency would produce two witnesses in the first day of trial commencement. The lawyer called the court attention to the fact that Oduah, who is the 1st defendant, and another defendant listed as 4th in the trial were not in court.

“I will fix another date for arraignment and if they like, let them not come,” Ekwo said. The judge, who told the prosecution lawyer to put his house in order, said “once the plea is taken, I am proceeding with trial.”

Ekwo, therefore, warned that any defendant who was not in court in the next adjourned date would be issued with an arrest warrant. “Apart from the 2nd and 3rd defendants, the other defendants are absent today. This is a note of warning that any one who is absent will be issued with a warrant of arrest,” he ruled. He adjourned the matter until 19 Oct. for arraignment and trial.


Posted: at 12-07-2021 01:19 PM (2 months ago) | Hero
- constigoldo at 12-07-2021 01:46 PM (2 months ago)
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I AM FOLLOWING AND WAITING.
Posted: at 12-07-2021 01:46 PM (2 months ago) | Gistmaniac
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- OmoNobaUku at 12-07-2021 04:12 PM (2 months ago)
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Just jail her and throw the key away.
Posted: at 12-07-2021 04:12 PM (2 months ago) | Upcoming
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- angelzizi at 12-07-2021 04:24 PM (2 months ago)
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It's always the women that become the scapegoats. Ordinary 5BN they're making noise when all those men there are busy swallowing trillions and nobody is questioning or summoning them to the court.  Nonsense!
Posted: at 12-07-2021 04:24 PM (2 months ago) | Upcoming
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- Nicelooking123 at 12-07-2021 06:50 PM (2 months ago)
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Why is EFCC are silent about Fani Kayode fraud case?
Posted: at 12-07-2021 06:50 PM (2 months ago) | Upcoming
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- gogoman at 12-07-2021 06:50 PM (2 months ago)
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Quote from: angelzizi on 12-07-2021 04:24 PM
It's always the women that become the scapegoats. Ordinary 5BN they're making noise when all those men there are busy swallowing trillions and nobody is questioning or summoning them to the court.  Nonsense!


why women dey steal? after all na una push ur husband to dey steal......... denzani and co
Posted: at 12-07-2021 06:50 PM (2 months ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Boi2Man at 12-07-2021 07:06 PM (2 months ago)
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Quote from: gogoman on 12-07-2021 06:50 PM

why women dey steal? after all na una push ur husband to dey steal......... denzani and co
No the question is why women dey steal and won’t roger the gatekeepers. Women are so stingy with everything including kpekus
Posted: at 12-07-2021 07:06 PM (2 months ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kima77same at 12-07-2021 07:21 PM (2 months ago)
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BIG LIE. WHICH JAIL IS SHE GOING? A NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT MINISTER,  GOING TO JAIL,  THEN, MY GRANDFATHER WILL COME BACK TO LIFE
Posted: at 12-07-2021 07:21 PM (2 months ago) | Gistmaniac
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