The Court sets November 22 for the indictment of the former Minister of Aviation

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The Abuja Federal High Court on Wednesday, November 22, set the indictment of former aviation minister Stella Oduah for allegations close to fraud while she was in office.

Although Oduah, who currently represents the senatorial district of Anambra North in the National Assembly, was scheduled to appear before Judge Inyang Ekwo on Tuesday, the proceedings could not take place due to a public holiday.

However, a court check by the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) on Wednesday found that the case, although not on the list of cases, had been set for November 22 and 23 for trial.

NAN reports that Judge Ekwo on July 12 threatened to issue an arrest warrant against the former minister if she did not appear in court before the next adjourned date (19 Oct).

The judge issued the warning after Dr Hassan Liman, an attorney for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the alleged 5 billion naira lawsuit against Oduah and eight others, told the court that Oduah and another accused were not in court to plead their case. .

NAN also reports that the court had previously set February 9 for the indictment of the former minister.

But because she was not served legal proceedings at that time, the indictment could not continue.

The court also set April 19 for the arraignment, but due to the Nigerian Judicial Staff Union (JUSUN) strike, the case could not stand.

The lawmaker faces a charge of fraud alongside others in a lawsuit numbered: FHC / ABJ / CR / 316/20.

The anti-corruption agency alleges that Oduah embezzled public funds to the tune of 5 billion naira while he was minister of aviation.

When the case was called on the last adjourned date, Liman, who informed the case was scheduled for arraignment, said the anti-corruption agency had executed the court order made on February 9. .

“On February 22, 2020, Monsignor issued a service order substituted for the 5th and 6th defendants in the trial.” We executed the Bishop’s order, “he said.

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