- The EFCC has accused Senator Stella Oduah of misappropriating funds under her care when she served as aviation minister
- The anti-graft agency has demanded the prosecution of the senator over the allegations
- Stella Oduah is yet to make any public statement concerning the matter
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed charges against a Nigerian senator, Stella Oduah over alleged fraud.
Premium Times, citing the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reported that the charges were filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The anti-graft agency claimed the alleged fraud occurred when the senator served as the minister of aviation during the Jonathan administration.
However, Oduah’s trial was stalled due to her absence from proceedings on Tuesday, February 9.
According to The Cable, EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, Hassan Liman, told the judge that the senator had not been served with the court processes.
He asked the court for a short adjournment to enable the prosecution to serve the defendant.
The judge then adjourned the matter to February 22 for the arraignment.
In another news, the hearing of an application seeking the final forfeiture of $5.8 million and N2.4 billion illegally acquired by Patience Jonathan, the wife of Goodluck Jonathan, a former president of the country, has been secured.
According to Channels TV, Justice Chika Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday, February 8, fixed the hearing for the suit on Tuesday, April 13, after the lawyers in the matter appeared before the judge
Meanwhile, youths suspected to be internet fraudsters better known as "Yahoo boys" have stormed the Oke Omiru end of Osogbo-Ilesha road and barricaded the expressway in a demonstration against the EFCC.
According to The Punch, the protesters began their demonstration on Tuesday morning, February 9, over alleged harassment by the operatives of the anti-graft agency.
Vehicular movements were hindered as the protesters threatened not to leave the streets until the government addressed the constant harassment of youths in the area by the EFCC.