- Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah will be arraigned before the Federal High Court in Abuja in February 2023 by the EFCC
- The approval for Senator Oduah’s arraignment was given on Wednesday, October 12, by AGF Abubakar Malami
- Oduah will be standing trial alongside some co-defendants over N7.9 billion money laundering charges
Abuja – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been given the approval to arraign Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the N7.9 billion money laundering charges.
The approval was given by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Nigerian Tribune reports.
Malami’s directive to the commission was also issued to the Federal High Court in Abuja, bringing to an end the multiple adjournments which have delayed Senator Oduah’s arraignment.
During a court proceeding on Wednesday, October 12, the APC lawmaker and her co-defendants were given February 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17, 2023, for arraignment and full-scale accelerated trial as read by Justice Inyang Ekwo.
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Charges against Stella Oduah
Oduah, as contained in EFCC’s charges against her, misappropriated the N7.9 billion public funds while serving as a minister of aviation under former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Charges instituted against the former minister include conspiracy and money laundering, as well as maintaining anonymous bank accounts.
Those mentioned as defendants alongside Oduah are Gloria Odita, Nwosu Emmanuel Nnamdi, Chukwuma Irene Chinyere, Global Offshore, Marine Limited, Tip Top Global Resources Limited, Crystal Television Limited, and Sobora International Limited.
APC in Anambra sacks Stella Oduah’s loyalist
Nwanwa is a loyalist of Oduah, who was also a member of the APC before she defected to the Peoples Democratic Party.
The development, according to sources in the APC, may be an action taken as a result of Oduah dumping the party.
Nwanwa, who addressed a press conference in Awka, on Sunday, disclosed that he had been sacked as the youth leader, a position he said he won during the party’s congress in January, supervised by the state chairman of the party, Chief Basil Ejidike.