Court threaten to issue a bench warrant of arrest on Stella Oduah

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has threatened to issue a bench warrant of arrest on Former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah over her continuous absence in court.

Justice Inyang Ekwo issued the threat yesterday, following the refusal of the former minister to honour court proceedings.

Oduah, now a Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, was billed to be arraigned on a 25-count alongside four others.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), is alleging that Oduah misappropriated public funds while serving as a minister.

At the resumed hearing, Counsel to the EFCC, Hassan Liman, said all the defendants have been served with the charges as ordered by the court.

He added that 32 witnesses have been lined up to testify against her and eight others with a view of establishing the fraud charges against them. However, the former minister and the fourth defendant were not in court.

Justice Ekwo said he would fix another day for the arraignment of the defendants.

The judge, therefore, fixed October 19 and 20 for the arraignment.