EFCC to arraign Stella Oduah for NYSC certificate forgery

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will, on Tuesday, arraign former aviation minister, Sen. Stella Oduah, before Justice James Omotosho of a Federal High Court in Abuja on a fresh charge.

Mrs Oduah, who represented Anambra North Senatorial Distinct in the 9th National Assembly, will be arraigned on an eight-count charge bordering on perjury and document falsification.

A notice of arraignment had since been served on parties in the matter.

In the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/275/2023, Mrs Oduah is the sole defendant.

The ex-lawmaker is accused of misrepresenting facts about whether or not she participated in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and was issued a certificate to that effect.

She was alleged to have falsified documents with which she got into public offices, including being a minister and a senator.

She was alleged to have been aided by one D. A. O. Oshinowo (now at large).

The anti-graft agency had earlier filed a money laundering charge against Mrs Oduah and others currently before Justice Inyang Ekwo of a sister court.

Some of the counts read: “That you, Sen. Stella Oduah and D. A. O. Oshinowo (at large) sometime in 2017 in Abuja, did fabricate an incorrect document with intent to cause … to wit: titled: Re: Request for National Youth Service Confirmation with intend that it may be acted upon as genuine, the representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 156 of the Penal Code Act and punishable under section 158(1) of the same Act.

“That you Senator Stella Oduah in 2011 in Abuja, did forward your credential to federal government of Nigeria, among which is an affidavit and extract from police crime diary, that you lost your NYSC certificate, the representation you know to be false, which led to your nomination as a cabinet minister and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 39(2)(a) and punishable under Section 39(2)(b) of the same Act, among others.”

(NAN)