Kindly Share This Story:Economic and Financial Crimes Commission By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA–The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, deferred further proceedings on the 25-count money laundering charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, entered against former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah, till April 19.
The adjournment followed the failure of the anti-graft agency to serve two companies listed as Defendants in the case, with copies of the charge.
Oduah, who served as Aviation Minister from 2011 to 2014, and later represented Anambra North in the Senate, is facing trial alongside eight other Defendants.
The other Defendants in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/316/20, 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.READ ALSOChina’s top diplomat calls on U.S. to lift tariffs, sanctions
The charge against them bordered on conspiracy, money laundering and allegation that they maintained anonymous bank accounts with First Bank Plc.
Trial Justice Inyang Ekwo had on February 9, adjourned the case over the absence of both the former Minister and her co-Defendants.
However, at the resumed sitting on Monday, though Oduah was in court, EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Hassan Liman, SAN, notified the court that the Prosecution had yet to serve the 5th and 6th Defendants, which are corporate bodies, with the charge.
He therefore prayed for leave of the court to serve them at their respective addresses.
While granting the request, Justice Ekwo directed that the two companies should be served with 14 days, even as he adjourned the case for arraignment of all the Defendants.
EFCC had in the charge, alleged that Oduah and Odita who was identified as her aid and the Company Secretary to Sea Petroleum & Gas Company Ltd (SPGC), in February 2014,