Court Threatens Arrest Of Ex-Aviation Minister Oduah
A Federal High Court in Abuja has threatened to issue a bench warrant of arrest on a former Aviation Minister, Senator Stella Oduah, if she fails to appear in court for trial on October 19.
The former minister is expected to be arraigned in court over alleged N10bn fraud.
The presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, issued the threat following the persistent refusal of the former minister to honor court proceedings.
Mrs Oduah, now a senator representing Anambra North senatorial district in the Senate, was billed to be arraigned this Monday on 25 count charges but she was not in court along with the 4th defendant.
When the matter came up, counsel to EFCC, Dr Hassan Liman (SAN), informed the court that all the defendants have been served with the charges as ordered by the court and expressed disgust that the former minister was not in court without any excuse.
He said that 32 witnesses have been lined up to testify against her and eight others in order to establish the fraud charges against them.
Justice Ekwo while fixing October 19 for the arraignment of the former minister, warmed the absentee defendants to be in court on the date or have a bench warrant of arrest issued against them.