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Stella Oduah Vows To Sue Online Paper Over ‘Spurious’ N2.5bn Housemaid Account

Senator Stella Oduah, Former Minister of Aviation
Posted: Jul 7, 2016 at 2:51 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Says She Has No Female Domestic Staff

Nicholas Uwerunonye

Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, a former Minister of Aviation and currently, a Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, has denied ever having a housemaid with a N2.5 billion bank account, vowing to sue the news medium that made such outlandish claim.

A controversial and offshore-based online paper, Sahara Reporters, recently reported that the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to traced the said sum to an account of her maid.

Responding to the allegation, the former minister vowed to take a legal action against the online paper, stating that the claim by the paper was malicious.

The Senator said that the planned-court action has become necessary so as to check the excesses of the Sahara Reporters and to put the paper back on the right track of professional journalism in the interest of this country and those wishing to serve in government.

In a statement in Abuja, by Francisca Onyeisi, her spokesperson, the ex-aviation minister said that the report was totally false, baseless and at best the imagination of the media platform.

She said that Sahara Reporters are only out to extort and blackmail leaders in an attempt by their paymasters to break the rank of Senators of the 8th Assembly.

The statement said that over the past few months, the online platform, Sahara Reporters, has continued to surpass itself by continuously sinking to an all-time low of posting uncorroborated reports to mislead Nigerians; promote the agenda of certain elements whose fight against corruption can only been seen on pages of newspapers and pockets of their media spinners while millions of Nigerians remained unemployed and hundreds of thousands of kids go to bed hungry day-in-day-out.

The online platform was said to have claimed that their sources in EFCC said that a whopping N5.6billion must have been stolen and went further to contradict itself that the agency had determined it was N3.6billion then again reduced it to N2.5billion in the same publication.

She challenged the online portal to name the so-called account and the maid.

Oduah also wondered why such account would still be operational and the maid not called in for questioning at a time when EFCC freezes accounts and arrests opposition elements even when they enjoy immunity like the president.

 “We also want to state that while the online platform is well known for its penchant for lies and spurious allegations, this is the latest 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.”

“We therefore challenge Sahara Reporters to produce evidence of the imaginary account of the supposed housemaid to members of the public”.

 “We would like to state unequivocally that this report is totally false, baseless and has no sense in it, in the first place, Senator Oduah has no female domestic staff, in the second place what would be the sense in putting such money in a personal account; is it for savings or concealment? Either of which makes no sense no matter how big the person is.”

 “We are confident to say that the report did not by any imagination arise from EFCC because the EFCC of today we know are diligent and works with facts. We are convinced that the source of the report must be the handiwork of some mischief makers who have not hidden their determination to bring Senator Oduah down by every means.”

“We are convinced that it is because they have not been able to completely uproot the Senator that they reverted to their usual character assassination strategy. It is our wish to use this opportunity to appeal to the persecutors of Senator Oduah to let her be in the name of God after so much trauma.”

“They must remember that Senator Oduah is not a new name in the Nigerian economy. It is known to all that Senator Oduah was a well-known business woman who founded and managed an outstanding successful business in the oil and gas sector before venturing into government.”

“It is also well known to every fair minded Nigerian that she lost her business as a result of her incursion into government for which reason she came out of government poorer than she went in.

“We want to state that our only consolation in the regrettable scenario that is playing out now is that Senator Oduah’s work in government as aviation minister cannot be denied even by her worse enemies. Her work at the airports shall remain the pride of the aviation industry in the next 30 years,” the senator said.