BREAKING: Former Minister Oduah Loses Move to Stop Corruption Trial

Justice Adamu Kafarati of the Federal High Court in Abuja Wednesday dismissed an application filed by former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, seeking to halt the Federal Government from investigating her for alleged corruption.


The judge upheld the objection raised by the respondents, arguing that the court lacks the requisite jurisdiction to hear the case.

Justice Kafarati, in upholding the preliminary objection by the AGF and the IGP, agreed with them that Oduah could not come under the fundamental rights procedure to seek the reliefs sought in the case.

He said the subject matter of the case was not a fundamental rights issue.

The judge agreed that Oduah cannot seek to restrain statutory bodies from performing their statutory responsibilities through a fundamental rights enforcement application.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Lagos in February dismissed a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Stella Oduah, against the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and three others.

The three other respondents in the suit include: the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, and the Inspector-General of Police, IGP.

The court, which dismissed Oduah’s suit for want of jurisdiction, ordered her to pay the sum of N15,000 to the AGF as cost of action.

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