Former Minister of Aviation, and Senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah has denied reports that the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was on her trail for allegedly stashing nearly N2.5 billion in a bank account she set up using the identity of her domestic aide.
In a statement signed by Oduah’s head of communications, Francisca Onyeisi, Oduah said that the “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”.
Read the full statement below:
The attention of Senator Stella Oduah who represents Anambra North Senatorial District has been draw to another malicious and fictitious rumour by online tabloid Sahara Reporters that a non-existent source in the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has discovered the sum of N2.5 Billion in an account opened in the name of her unnamed housemaid.
We would 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 whose 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 the EFCC said a whopping N5.6 billion must have been stolen, then went further to contradict itself that the agency had determined it was N3.6 billion then again reduced it to N2.5 billion in the same publication. The distinguished Senator laments the despicable low that Sahara Reporters has drawn the reputable profession of journalism to which unfortunately, unsuspecting platforms will copy and paste on theirs without even lifting a pen to confirm the story.
We also want to state that while the online platform, well known for its penchant lies and spurious allegations may have made another calculated attempt to taint the enviable record and achievements of the distinguished Senator who had made a mark in Oil/Gas and Agricultural businesses before joining politics, (they should) produce evidence of the imaginary account of the supposed housemaid to members of the public.
Senator Stella Oduah who made a name for herself during her tenure as a minister instituting serious reforms in the aviation sector and in (the) last one year as a Distinguished Senator, raised series of important Bills and Motions to help strengthen the Nigerian Economy and our institutions reiterates that at no time did she ask or try to meet with the EFCC Chairman.
Senator Stella Oduah who is currently in her constituency thanks her supporters and well wishers who have reached out to vent their frustrations at the unethical behavior of the tabloid, assuring them that there is nothing to worry about, restating that no such account exists. She (is challenging) Sahara reporters to present details of their funding and how the platform is able to afford a property in the choice area of Maitama in Abuja.