12 July 2021 By Victoria Abah.
The Federal High Court, Abuja, has threatened to issue a bench warrant of arrest on former Aviation Minister, Senator Stella Oduah if she fails to make herself available for trial on October 19 for her arraignment in an alleged N10B fraud.
Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo issued the threat following the persistent refusal of the former minister, to honour court proceedings.
Mrs Oduah, now a senator representing Anambra North Senatorial district in the Senate, was billed to be arraigned on Monday, on 25 count charge, but failed to appear in court alongside the other 4 defendants.
When the matter came up, counsel to EFCC, Dr Hassan Liman, informed the court that all the defendants have been served with the charges as ordered by court but expressed disgust that the former minister was again, not in court without any excuse.
He said that 32 witnesses have been lined up to testify against her and 8 others in order to establish the fraud charges against them.
Justice Ekwo while fixing October 19 to dock the former minister and kick start trial, warned the absentee defendants to be in court on the date or have bench warrant of arrest issued against them.
They are charged with conspiracy, money laundering and maintaining anonymous bank accounts with a commercial bank.
The federal government, through the EFCC filed the 25-count charge against them before the Federal High Court in Abuja.