Stella Oduah: EFCC to appeal vacation of interim asset forfeiture order



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  (EFCC) has expressed dissatisfaction  with court’s vacation of an interim forfeiture order regarding some assets traced to a former Aviation Minister, Sen. Stella Oduah.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of a , Abuja,  had Monday struck out EFCC’s affidavit in support of  the forfeiture order the grounds that it was “filed out of time without first the court’s leave for an extension of time to file”.

In a statement Monday, EFCC , Mr Dele Oyewale, said that the commission would appeal the ruling.

“The attention of the EFCC has been drawn to a ruling of a sitting in Abuja, delivered Monday, the vacation of an interim forfeiture order regarding some assets traced to former Aviation Minister, Sen. Stella Oduah.

“The EFCC is dissatisfied with the ruling and will file an appeal,” he said.

The EFCC had applied interim forfeiture order in furtherance of its investigation of allegation that Oduah allegedly  diverted of the N9.5 billion fund meant of  security equipment in some airports during her tenure as aviation minister.

The EFCC had alleged in an affidavit supporting its forfeiture order, that Oduah, who was Aviation Minister from 2012 to 2014, connived with some bank officials to divert the fund.

The commission  also alleged that she used the money to procure broadcast equipment for Crystal Television Ltd. and bought  a newspaper printing press, six dredgers and a quarry. (NAN)