Monday, 22 February has been fixed for arraignment of former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in the Federal High Court, Abuja, for alleged financial impropriety.
Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date on Tuesday as the former minister was yet to be served with the court processes.
TheFact Nigeria observed that Oduah is facing the fraud charge alongside eight others in a suit with number: FHC/ABJ/CR/316/20. She currentlyrepresents Anambra North Senatorial District at the National Assembly.
Although the arraignment was scheduled for the day’s sitting, the case could not proceed because the lawmaker was not in court.
Counsel to the EFCC, Dr Hassan Liman, SAN, told the court that the ex-minister had not been served with the court processes.
The lawyer, therefore, prayed for an adjournment to enable the anti-graft agency serve the legislator.
“My lord, the matter has been set out today for arraignment but I have been informed by the commission that the first defendant (Oduah) is yet to be served.
“In view of that my lord, may I humbly apply for a very short date,” he said.
Justice Ekwo maintained that it was the duty of the prosecution to produce defendants in court, after which he then adjourned the matter until February 22 for defendants to take their plea.
The anti-corruption agency is alleging that Oduah misappropriated public funds while serving as minister.