EFCC disowns lawyer trying Stella Odua in perjury suit

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has disowned Ibrahim Mohammed, a lawyer, who filed a fresh charge of perjury and document falsification against Sen. Stella Oduah in the name of the commission.

The commission’s counsel, H. Okonofua, told Justice James Omotosho of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, that the EFCC did not send Mohammed to prosecute Oduah, the sole defendant in the matter.

At the resumed hearing in the matter, though Mohammed and Oduah were not in court, Okonofua told the court that the report of the investigation carried out by the anti-corruption agency was out.

Informing the court about the outcome of the investigation, she said:

“The counsel, Ibrahim Mohammed, was de-seconded back to Nigeria police on November 14, 2022, and he was not sent to represent the EFCC to prosecute the defendant,” in the charge he filed in June.

The informed Okonofua that the report was not before the court.

The lawyer admitted that the report was filed late.

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The judge, hence, adjourned the matter until October 4, for the investigation report to be before the court.

EFCC was to have arraigned Oduah before Justice Omotosho on Tuesday, on allegations of perjury and document falsification.

Oduah is being 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 in the fresh charge.

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