AGF finally okays Stella Oduah’s arraignment for alleged N7.9bn fraud

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The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has directed that a former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, be arranged in the N7.9 billion money laundering charges brought against her by the Federal Government.

Oduah and her co-defendants in the alleged fraud trial were to have been docked last year but were put off six times following the request by the AGF to allow him to study the case file and give legal opinion.

However, at Wednesday’s proceedings, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, brought a letter before the court from Malami, asking that the Senator be formally docked on the alleged offences.

Other defendants are Gloria Odita, Nwosu Emmanuel Nnamdi, Chukwuma Irene Chinyere, Global Offshore and Marine Ltd, Tip Top Global Resources Ltd, Crystal Television Ltd, Sobora International Ltd and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) Nigeria Ltd.

On November 22, 2021, Oguh Onoja, a defence counsel, raised an objection against the arraignment of the defendants, stating that he had written a petition to the AGF on the grounds that the defendants were “being persecuted”.

The case file was later transmitted to the office of the AGF for a review of the matter.

Consequently, the case was adjourned to await a response from the AGF.

At the resumed court session on Wednesday, Hassan Liman, prosecution counsel, reported that the AGF had finally reacted to the petition and approved the matter’s continuation.

The senior attorney also noted that there were 32 witnesses ready to testify in the lawsuit.

All of the defendants’ attorneys, including Onyechi Ikpeazu who represented the senator, were in court and acknowledged receiving the letter from the AGF.

 




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