A federal high court in Abuja has threatened to issue an arrest warrant against a former minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, who is now a serving senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District, and eight other persons named in a pending charge if they fail to show up in court on the next adjourned date.
The presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the warning after the counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Dr. Hassan Liman, in the alleged N10 billion trial against Oduah and eight others told the court that Oduah and the others were not in court to take their plea without an explanation from their lawyers.
In the 25-count charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the nine defendants are accused of engaging in the laundering of about N10 billion while Oduah served as Aviation minister.
The court had earlier fixed Feb. 9 for the arraignment of the former minister, but due to the fact that Oduah had not been served court processes then, the arraignment could not go on.
The lawmaker is facing a facing a fraud charge alongside the other eight persons in a suit with number: FHC/ABJ/CR/316/20. The other defendants include: 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.
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