EFCC’s N5bn suit against Stella Oduah: Judge warns against private messages


Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja, has warned those sending him private messages in the N5 billion suit filed by the EFCC against Sen. Stella Oduah and others to desist from intruding into his privacy.

Justice Ekwo gave the warning on Monday during the hearing of the matter. He condemned the act and said his records were public documents that could be assessed by anybody after the public laws had been complied with.

The judge made this known after counsel for Oduah (1st defendant), Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, and lawyer to Crystal Television Ltd (7th defendant), Ogbu Onoja, SAN, informed that moves were ongoing to resolve the matter without going through trial.

The judge then said: “Somebody has been breaching my privacy on this matter by sending me messages concerning this matter saying is is part of a concerned group. I will send security agencies to fish him out. You cannot be intruding into my privacy.”

Responding, prosecuting lawyer, Hassan Liman, SAN, who appeared for the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), also condemned the act. He said even if the person was a party in the suit, he had no right to communicate with the judge.

Earlier upon resumed proceeding in the matter, Liman told the court that the matter was slated for formal arraignment of the defendants pursuant to the order made in the last adjourned date. He said he was ready to proceed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the EFCC had sued Oduah, former Aviation Minister, alongside alongside Gloria Odita, Nwosu Emmanuel Nnamdi and Chukwuma Irene Chinyere. Others include Global Offshore and Marine Ltd, Tip Top Global Resources Ltd, Crystal Television Ltd, Sobora International Ltd and others.

The senator, who currently represents Anambra North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, was scheduled to be arraigned on alleged N5 billion fraud and financial misappropriation while she served as minister during President Goodluck Jonathan government.

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