Senator Stella Oduah, a former Minister of Aviation, on Monday refuted claims that she allegedly opened N2.5billion account in her maid’s name.
It was initially reported that agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) discovered a bank account which was opened by Stella Oduah, in the name of her housemaid. The EFCC are of the view that the bank account contained allegedly stolen N2.5billion.
A report by SaharaReporters also claimed that the account was opened and operated without the knowledge of the former minister’s housemaid. One EFCC agent familiar with the scandal said:
“Senator Oduah apparently opened the account with her housemaid’s name, image, and details without the housemaid knowing about it”.
However, Oduah, Senator representing Anambra North senatorial district reacted to the allegations describing it as “totally false, baseless”. She said:
“We will like to state unequivocally that this report is totally false, baseless and at best the imagination of the platform who is only set out to extort and blackmail leaders in its continuous attempt by their paymasters to break the rank of Senators of the 8th Assembly.
“Over the past few months, the once respected online platform, Sahara Reporters has continued to surpass itself by continuously sinking to an all time low of posting uncorroborated reports to mislead Nigerians to promote the agenda of certain elements who’s fight against corruption can only been seen on pages of newspaper and pockets of their media spinners while millions of Nigerians remain unemployed and hundreds of thousands of kids go to bed hungry day in day out.
“The online platform claimed their sources in EFCC said a whopping 5.6 billion must have been stolen, then went further to contradict itself that the agency had determined it was 3.6 Billion then again reduced it to 2.5 billion in the same publication”.
Ms Oduah went on to argue that if truly such account exists and is still active as claimed by the online media, the housemaid should have been called for interrogation, and not her.
She added that she 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 ex-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.”