It was gathered that the sum of N2.5 billion was found in the account opened in the name of a housemaid to former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah who is currently a senator representing the Anambra State in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The EFCC sources alleged that the account must have been opened by Senator Oduah without the knowledge of the housemaid.“Senator Oduah apparently opened the account with her housemaid’s name, image, and details without the housemaid knowing about it.” She is the only signatory to the account.
Also, another top EFCC source disclosed that she has been going to some of the top officials in Buhari’s government with the aim to maneuver her impending trial. She made a request sometimes last week to meet with the Chairman of EFCC,Ibrahim Magu in her official capacity as a senator.
The source furthered that efforts are being made to uncover how she was able to siphon such money without being noticed. Which indicates that she must have stolen as much as N5.6 billion so far from the Aviation Ministry’s funds during her ministerial term.
It would be recalled that in August 2015, Ms. Oduah filed an application at a Federal High Court to stop the EFCC from investigating allegations that she bought two ostensibly bulletproof BMW cars at $1.6 million, or $800,000 apiece. A controversial judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa, initially granted the order sought by
Senator Oduah. However, in February 2016, after Justice Yunusa was transferred out of Lagos, another federal high court judge vacated the order, permitting the EFCC to carry on with its investigation.