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EFCC Disagrees With Court Over Former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah

EFCC expresses dissatisfaction over court case
The agency charged with the duty of crime-fighting and money laundering cases in the Country,

Economic and Financial Crime Commission, has expressed its dissatisfaction over the ruling gave by the Judiciary arm of the Government.

According to EFCC, the judgment was delivered on Monday 8th of June by a Federal High Court Justice in Abuja, over an asset traced to the former Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah.

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Stella Oduah, now a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing Anambra North Senatorial district, served as a Minister under the former President, Dr. Good luck Ebele Jonathan.

She resumed her duty in the aviation ministry on the 2 July 2011, as the Honorable Minister in charge. However, Stella was relieved of her duty in 2014 on the account that she purchased a car worth over #200 million from Coscaris Motors without a receipt.

The ruling delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo was on the ground that the Economic and Financial Crime Commission did not seek for file extension on time according to the rule of law.

It is not the first time the Commission is disagreeing with the Judiciary on the cases of laundering and other economic related offense.

Report shows that on the 8th of May 2020, the Apex Court nullified the trial of the former Governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, with his firm Slok Nigeria Limited, a case brought forward by the EFCC. Kalu has been indicted severally by EFCC on the account of corruption and money laundering during his tenure as the State Governor.

In response to the Judgement delivered by the Supreme Court, the Commission said "The corruption charges against Kalu still subsist because the Court did not acquit him of it. The entire prosecutorial machinery will be launched in a fresh trial where Justice is bound to be served in due course".

Meanwhile, in a recent development, the Federal High Court sitting in Ogun State presided over by Justice Mohammed kolawale has sentenced 16 internet fraudsters to jail on the account of impersonation and obtaining false documents with pretense.

One of the fraudsters, Odebole, received a two months jail term, while Ajibola, Osahun, Adebayo, Ashore, Enitan, Mathew, Ajibike, and Akinlabi were handed a three months jail.

Others who served four months includes Ayanniyi, Sobayo, Abironke, and Abdulrauf bagged five months each.

Also, Dairo and Abdulkabiru were handed six months each while Agboola was giving eleven months to serve.

According to the Judgement "The convicts would forfeit all the items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria, and also restitute sundry sums to their respective victims.

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