Oduah Lambasts Sahara Reporters, Threatens Legal Action

Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

A former Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, now a senator, on Thursday said she would take a legal action against the online medium, Sahara Reporters, for its publication linking her to an alleged N2.5 billion fraud.

She said that the planned court action has become necessary so as to checkmate the excesses of Sahara Reporters and put it back on the right track of journalism in the interest of this country and those wishing to serve in government.

Citing a source at the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)‎, Sahara Reporters ‎had alleged that Oduah, who is representing Anambra North Senatorial District, was involved in a fraud involving the sum of N2.5 billion in an account opened in the name of unnamed housemaid of hers.

In a statement in Abuja by Francisca Onyeisi, Head of Communication in the office of Senator Oduah, the ex-aviation minister said that the report was totally false, baseless and at best the imagination of the platform which she said was set up only to blackmail and extort money from leaders in its continuous attempt by its paymasters to break the rank of senators of the 8th Assembly.

Oduah challenged Sahara Reporters to produce evidence of the imaginary account of the supposed housemaid to members of the public.

The statement said that over the past few months, the online platform, Sahara Reporters had continued to surpass itself by continuously sinking to an all-time low of posting uncorroborated reports to mislead Nigerians to promote the agenda of certain elements whose fight against corruption could only be seen on the 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.

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