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Oduah denies stashing N2.5bn in housemaid's account

04 July 2016, 17:09

Lagos - Former Minister of Aviation and Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District has dismissed reports the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) was investigating for allegedly stashing nearly N2.5 billion in her housemaid's bank account.

In a statement on Monday, by her Head of Communications, Francisca Onyeisi, Senator Oduah said she received the reports while relaxing in her country home in Ogbaru, Anambra State.

This is even as she challenged publishers of the allegations to validate proofs that she was guilty. Recall that a major News website, based in the US, on Monday, reported that EFCC sources revealed to it how Oduah used the name and pictures of the unnamed maid to set up the account, adding that she apparently opened the account with her housemaid’s name, image, and details without the housemaid’s knowledge.

Also read: EFCC traces N2.5bn to ex-female minister’s housemaid account

However, describing the allegations as “totally false, baseless and at best the imagination of the publishers,” the ex-Minister said that “if the reports were true, I 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 former 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.”

News24 previously reported that the EFCC discovered a bank account of over N2.5 billion opened in the name of a house helper of a former female minister.

Investigators of the anti-graft agency believed the account was opened by the former influential minister in the name of the housemaid as part of the effort to cover her track.

- News 24


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