A fierce legal battle between Stella Oduah and SaharaReporters is about to begin after the former minister accused the media house of publishing a false story to defame her name.
Former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah
A serious legal battle between former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah and online media platform, SaharaReporters is about to kick off.
This is coming after the senator on Thursday, dismissed as false and baseless, allegation that N2.5billion was traced to the bank account of her housemaid.
In a statement by her Head of Communication, Francisca Onyeisi, she maintained that the allegation which she said was contained in a report by an online media outlet, was aimed at tarnishing her public image.
While challenging the online media outfit to disclose the identity of the unnamed housemaid, Oduah, said she never at any time, tried to have a meeting with Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
The Senator said she would institute a legal action against the media outlet over the “malicious publication”.
“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, 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.
“They succeeded in pushing her out of government but failed to stop her from winning her election to the Senate. In the same vain, they have continued to pursue her through the court to see if they can root her out.
“Senator Oduah is one of the few senators who after one year in office is still battling with pre-election matters in court.”