SHAME: Nigeria’s Ruling All Progressives Congress Welcomes Ex-Minister, Stella Oduah Into Party Despite Ongoing N9.4billion Fraud Trial

Former Minister of Aviation and serving senator, Stella Oduah, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Oduah, who represents Anambra North, was acquired into the fold of the ruling celebration at a quick ceremony held in Abuja on Thursday.

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Mai Mala Buni, the National Chairman of the APC caretaker committee; Ovie Omo-Agege, deputy senate president; Atiku Bagudu, chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), and Hope Uzodimma, Imo governor, had been current on the occasion.

SaharaReporters had solely reported in April that Oduah’s trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over a N9.4billion fraud might regularly be scuttled going by her secret plot with the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

SaharaReporters had learnt that the trial of Oduah which was speculated to go on in February 22 couldn’t proceed as a result of the co-defendants with the minister failed to seem earlier than Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The decide had given the prosecution further weeks and slated April 19, however the case of the previous minister once more didn’t come up on Monday as scheduled.

It was gathered that Oduah met with Lawan and Malami to douse her case with the EFCC.

“February 22 has passed but she was not arraigned. April 19 has also passed. She is working very hard using Senate President and AGF to either scuttle arraignment or frustrate the trial. Alternatively, they are planning to water down the trial through the prosecution via the EFCC chairman.

“Another way is through the prosecutor, Dr Hassan Liman, a close friend of Lawan and the AGF,” a supply had revealed to SaharaReporters. SHAME: Nigeria's Ruling All Progressives Congress Welcomes Ex-Minister, Stella Oduah Into Party Despite Ongoing N9.4billion Fraud Trial 3

SaharaReporters had reported on February 22 that the EFCC had earlier deliberate to re-arraign Oduah over fraud totalling over N9.4billion on that very same day however her co-defendants failed to point out up in court docket as a part of the plot.

Odua was scheduled to be arraigned on a 25-count cost of cash laundering alongside Gloria Odita, Nwobu Emmanuel Nnamdi, Chukuma Irene Chinyere, Global Offshore and Marine Limited, Crystal Television Limited, Sobora International Limited and the China Civil Engineering Construction Company Limited.

One of the counts within the cost reads, “That you, Stella Adaeze Oduah, whilst being the Minister of Aviation, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Gloria Odita whilst being the Company Secretary to Sea Petroleum & Gas Company Ltd (SPGC), and an aide to the former Minister of Aviation on or about the 12th day of February, 2014 at Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division of this Honourable Court used your positions to transfer the sum of N1, 629,250,000 from 1-Sec Security Nig. Ltd account No. 2021756955 with First Bank Plc to Global Offshore and Marine Ltd account No. 2022977296 also domiciled with First Bank Plc, which money you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (6) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”

When the case was talked about, the prosecuting counsel, Dr Hassan Liman, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, knowledgeable the court docket that the fee tried each means potential however was unable to serve the fifth and sixth defendants with the court docket processes. SHAME: Nigeria's Ruling All Progressives Congress Welcomes Ex-Minister, Stella Oduah Into Party Despite Ongoing N9.4billion Fraud Trial 4

He subsequently utilized for an extra 14 days to serve them.

Justice Ekwo granted his prayer and adjourned until April 19, 2021, for arraignment.

SaharaReporters had on February 9 reported that Oduah could be arraigned for alleged monetary impropriety totalling greater than N9.4billion fraud.

SaharaReporters had in September 2017 uncovered how Oduah purchased a $1.2million house in London, disguising it within the robes of a foreign-registered firm in an effort to keep away from detection.

The transaction, which had been stored secret, was blown open when Mrs. Oduah determined to lease out the home and engaged the providers of a shady actual property firm, Daniel Ford and Company Ltd, for that function.

SaharaReporters had additionally reported in February 2018 that the EFCC had commenced investigation of Oduah, over her involvement within the N9.4billion contract for provide of safety gear to 22 airports throughout the nation.

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SHAME: Nigeria's Ruling All Progressives Congress Welcomes Ex-Minister, Stella Oduah Into Party Despite Ongoing N9.4billion Fraud Trial

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