- Former aviation minister Stella Oduah has been ordered to appear in court if she does not want to be jailed
- The threat was issued by a Federal High Court, Abuja, over the former minister's refusal to appear in court
- Oduah who is also a senator representing Anambra North in the Senate is facing fraud charges alongside some other people
A message has been sent to Stella Oduah by the Federal High Court, Abuja. The message is this: "If you fail to appear in court by the next adjourned date, a warrant of arrest will be issued against you".
The warning was issued by Justice Inyang Ekwo after the court was told the former minister of aviation and one other defendant were not in court to take their plea, Guardian Newspaper reports.
Oduah who currently represents Anambra North senatorial district at the National Assembly is facing a fraud charge alongside others.
The anti-corruption agency is alleging that Oduah misappropriated public funds to the tune of N5 billion while serving as minister of aviation, the Nation Newspaper added.
Former Nigerian minister appears in court
Recall that Legit.ng reported that for Senator Oduah, her legal battle was just about to start as she appeared in court on Monday, February 22, over misappropriating public funds to the tune of N5 billion.
The former aviation minister and current representative of Anambra North senatorial district at the National Assembly was arraigned before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleged that Oduah misappropriated public funds while serving as a minister along with eight others.
Legit.ng also reported that the EFCC expressed dissatisfaction with court’s vacation of an interim forfeiture order regarding some assets traced to the former minister.
Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja, had on Monday struck out EFCC’s affidavit in support of the forfeiture order on the grounds that it was “filed out of time without first seeking the court’s leave for an extension of time to file”.