Ex-Minister’s Trial Over Fraud Stalled Due to Absence of Co-Defendants

The court could not proceed with the trial of former Minister of Aviation Mrs Stella Oduah on Monday.

This was due to the absence in court of other defendants in the fraud case.

Oduah was slated to be arraigned on a 25-count charge of money laundering alongside Gloria Odita, Nwobu Emmanuel Nnamdi, Chukuma Irene Chinyere, Global Offshore and Marine Limited, Crystal Television Limited, Sobora International Limited and China Civil Engineering Construction Company Limited (CCECC)

before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The minister and others were being accused using their positions to transfer the sum of N1,629,250,000.00 (One Billion, Six Hundred and Twenty Nine Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only) from 1-Sec Security Nig. Ltd account No. 2021756955 with First Bank Plc. to Global Offshore and Marine Ltd account No. 2022977296 which is also domiciled with First Bank Plc.

Prosecutors said the defendants ought to have known that the fund in question forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.

Prosecution counsel, Hassan Liman, SAN, told the court of unsuccessful efforts made to serve the fifth and sixth defendants with the court processes. He therefore applied for additional fourteen days to serve them.

The trial judge adjourned the matter to April 19 for hearing.

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