Senator Stella Oduah, a former minister of aviation, will be charged on February 13, 2023, according to Federal High Court Justice Inyang Ekwo in Abuja.
Oduah is being tried for alleged N7.9 billion in fraud.
Along with Gloria Odita, Nwobu Emmanuel Nnamdi, Chukuma Irene Chinyere, Global Offshore and Marine Limited, Crystal Television Limited, Sobora International Limited, and the China Civil Engineering Construction Company Limited, the ex-minister is being tried on 25 counts of money laundering.
The first defendant’s absence from the hearing stalled it for roughly six times, and then Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation, requested the case file in a letter.
There seems to be a breakthrough finally with a letter from the Attorney-General of the Federation, asking that the case can go on.
Counsel to the Prosecution and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mister Hassan Liman, told the Court that he has received a letter from the Office of the Attorney General, requesting the trial proceeds, as the investigation had been concluded.
He said all other parties in the suit had also been served the letter, indicating readiness to begin the case.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will present 32 witnesses during the trial.