It Wasn’t Me: Stella Oduah Denies N2.5bn Allegedly Found In House Maid’s Account
Erstwhile Minister of Aviation and Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District, Sen. Stella Oduah, has debunked reports that Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was on her trail for allegedly stashing nearly N2.5 billion in a bank account she opened using the identity of her domestic aide.
In a statement on Monday issued by her Head of Communications, Francisca Onyeisi, Senator Oduah said she received the reports while relaxing in her country home in Ogbaru, Anambra State.
She challenged the publishers of the allegations to validate proofs that she was guilty.
SaharaReporters had reported on Sunday that EFCC sources revealed how Ms. Oduah used the name and pictures of the unnamed maid to set up the account, adding that she apparently opened the account with her housemaid’s name, image, and details without the housemaid’s knowledge.
However, describing the allegations as “totally false, baseless and at best the imagination of the publishers,” the ex-Minister said that “if the reports were true, I would have been arrested long before now, especially at a time when the EFCC is freezing accounts and going after opposition governors who enjoy same level of immunity as the president.”
The former minister, therefore, urged her supporters and the general public to ignore the reports, saying she had “made a mark in oil and gas and Agricultural businesses before joining politics.”
Princess Oduah was removed from office in February 2014 after she was found to have received armoured BMW cars, worth N255million, from an agency she supervised.