The embattled former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah on Friday told a Federal High Court in Abuja that she was not guilty of the Five Billion Naira fraud charge brought against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Oduah was arraigned before Justice Inyang Ekwo by the EFCC over an allegation of misappropriation of public funds estimated at N5 billion while serving as minister.
Also arraigned along with Oduah were Gloria Odita, Nwosu Emmanuel Nnamdi, Chukwuma Irene Chinyere, Global Offshore and Marine Ltd, Tip Top Global Resources Ltd, Crystal Television Ltd, Sobora International Ltd, and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) Nigeria Ltd.
Upon arraignment, all the defendants pleaded not guilty to the 25-count charge bordering on alleged conspiracy, money laundering, and maintaining anonymous accounts with First Bank Plc.
The charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/316/2020 was first filed in 2020.
Although the case came up for arraignment numerous times between 2021 and 2023, it was stalled for several reasons.