A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed July 21 for the arraignment of Sen. Stella Oduah and others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after EFCC’s counsel, Barrister Hassan Liman, SAN, asked the court to allow the defendants to take their plea, having filed the charge against them since Dec. 17, 2020.
The case came up for arraignment several times between 2021 and 2023, but was stalled for several reasons.
The Senator, who is accused of misappropriating an estimated N5 billion during her time as a Minister, was arraigned along with Gloria Odita, Nwosu Emmanuel Nnamdi and Chukwuma Irene.
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At the last court session, the judge ordered the EFCC to arrest some persons over what he said was a “threat” to his life in the form of text messages sent to his phone advising him against the trial of the defendants.
At the resumed court session, Barrister Hassan Liman, prosecution counsel, told the court that the commission had carried out an investigation and was able to trace the identity of the person using the BVN linked to the phone number used to send the messages.
Barrista Liman added that the EFCC in conjunction with other security agencies were tracking the suspect and promised to bring him to book.