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Stella Oduah Responds to Allegations that She Stashed N2.5 billion in Her “Housemaid’s” Account



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Senator Stella Oduah

Former Minister of Aviation, and Senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah has denied reports that the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was on her trail for allegedly stashing nearly N2.5 billion in a bank account she set up using the identity of her domestic aide.

In a statement signed by Oduah’s head of communications, Francisca Onyeisi, Oduah said that the “report is totally false, baseless and at best the imagination of the platform who is only set out to extort and blackmail leaders in its continuous attempt by their paymasters to break the rank of Senators of the 8th Assembly”.

Read the full statement below:

The attention of Senator Stella Oduah who represents Anambra North Senatorial District has been draw to another malicious and fictitious rumour by online tabloid Sahara Reporters that a non-existent source in the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has discovered the sum of N2.5 Billion in an account opened in the name of her unnamed housemaid.

We would like to state unequivocally that this report is totally false, baseless and at best the imagination of the platform who is only set out to extort and blackmail leaders in its continuous attempt by their paymasters to break the rank of Senators of the 8th Assembly.

Over the past few months, the once respected online platform, Sahara Reporters has 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 can only been seen on pages of newspaper and pockets of their media spinners while millions of Nigerians remain unemployed and hundreds of thousands of kids go to bed hungry day in day out.

The online platform claimed their sources in the EFCC said a whopping N5.6 billion must have been stolen, then went further to contradict itself that the agency had determined it was N3.6 billion then again reduced it to N2.5 billion in the same publication. The distinguished Senator laments the despicable low that Sahara Reporters has drawn the reputable profession of journalism to which unfortunately, unsuspecting platforms will copy and paste on theirs without even lifting a pen to confirm the story.

We also want to state that while the online platform, well known for its penchant lies and spurious allegations may have made another calculated attempt to taint the enviable record and achievements of the distinguished Senator who had made a mark in Oil/Gas and Agricultural businesses before joining politics, (they should) produce evidence of the imaginary account of the supposed housemaid to members of the public.

Senator Stella Oduah who made a name for herself during her tenure as a minister instituting serious reforms in the aviation sector and in (the) last one year as a Distinguished Senator, raised series of important Bills and Motions to help strengthen the Nigerian Economy and our institutions reiterates that at no time did she ask or try to meet with the EFCC Chairman.

Senator Stella Oduah who is currently in her constituency thanks her supporters and well wishers who have reached out to vent their frustrations at the unethical behavior of the tabloid, assuring them that there is nothing to worry about, restating that no such account exists. She (is challenging) Sahara reporters to present details of their funding and how the platform is able to afford a property in the choice area of Maitama in Abuja‎.

Credit: Encomium


  1. Hugo

    July 4, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Typical criminal antics in Naija. Get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, issue diversionary and baseless press releases and hurl mud at the messenger. The half- assed statement didn’t even bother to deny the said allegation. Crook!!

  2. nwa nna

    July 4, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Stella Oduah and her thieving likes must really think Nigerians are fools whenever they’re are caught with their hands in the cookie jar by the defense they claim or their rebuttals..

  3. Benson Ossai

    July 4, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    The kind of billions stolen during GEJ eeh tire person.Not to talk of other administrations before him.How i wish all monies stolen will be recover but not possible.The mentality of “na my time wait for your time to chop” syndrome finish this country.How can this country develop when person go still money go hide for house girl,houseboy,boy friend,nanny,gigolo account etc.And on top of that person go dey deny say e no steal.I was wondering why EFFC hasn’t been on her trail.OH OH that is why she tried win election go hide for hallow chamber to escape punishment.Thank God say punishment dey after we live this world.Do good to avoid punishment in the here after.

    • Nigerian

      July 4, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Buhari should first of all return N1.5 billion Fayemi donated to his campaign fund before i can believe in his anti corruption fight.
      He who comes to equity must come with clean hand.

    • i no send

      July 4, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Did she or did she not stash money away?? we the masses will continue suffering while theses politicians will continue getting fatter and then use diversionary tactics to continue to hoodwink your type,..pls bring out your own concrete evidence and not beer parlour gist and we will join you to demand for the return of the money..our politicians really know their masses well

    • Nigerian

      July 4, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Is there no resources to arrest all the thieves?

    • i send

      July 4, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      @I no send you are missing the point.
      The point is those who are friends of Buhari, did they steal or not?
      Fayemi,Fashola, Amaechi,Atiku…………………………………………..have been accused.
      Why is he shielding them?

  4. Aproco

    July 4, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Na only PDP people steal?

  5. i send

    July 4, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    @ I no send you always go hiding when Aisha donate millions to IDP and Chibok.
    Is she re looting the recovered funds?
    Yeye dey smell

    • i no send

      July 4, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      @ i send will you fly away from my matter.. wharaheck?…who the bleep are you or aisha that i will go into hiding about her post…..let me tell you something… i am pro masses i don’t like any political party cos none have helped me….so go ahead and bring your concrete evidence against mrs aisha and we will take it from there and while we wait run along and stop being a blind and deaf nuisance..and take your principal with you

    • i send

      July 4, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      You must be deranged. What evidence do you have against Stella yet?
      I know your stupid type so get your flat ass outa here!
      What other evidence require? USA is looking for Aisha Buhari and that she cant step on US soil?

    • i no send

      July 4, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      I’m deranged at all the rubbish we seem to absorb in this country at the expense of the massesI’m am ready for people like you instead of you dumbass to answer like fashola lover did you come under my comment to spew. trash. Pls get lost because my opinion will forever be my opinion..kapish..

    • good girl

      July 4, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      don’t mind all these people a grave allegation comes up instead of disproving it with facts we start saying what about this and that?? @ Fashola lover did well with the way he/she explained it showing she knows more about this lady than these people who just type without facts

  6. FasholasLover

    July 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    I strongly believe if you steal, you head straight to jail. But, pls. enough of this EFCC antics and media trail. There is always “someone” in EFCC that leaks ongoing investigations. Very tiring. I particularly do not care for Stella Oduah. Her last ex-husband is a family friend and we know what went down that ended that Union. However, it must be said that Stella always had her own money. It is not just today’s or money from the last regime. When she was investigated by the EFFC before she came into politics, the EFCC guys investigating her and her then husband marvelled at how wealthy Stella was. So, enough of this media trial. Catching thieves everyday on Sahara reporters yet, nobody has gone to jail yet. So much for a new sheriff coming into town. Mtscheeew.

    • Yep

      July 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Yes I agree she had money before going into politics but it is no guarantee that she was satisfied with what she already had. Greed is hardly ever satiated, and humans by nature are seldom satisfied with money no matter how much they have, even Bill Gates is looking for ways to make more money.

      Meanwhile, her face scares the shit out of me.

    • Noname

      July 4, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      De woman na ezewanyi. I no fit look am.

  7. Pecohub

    July 4, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Nawa ooooo… This buhari regime just dey collect people up and down all in the name of probing….NIGERIA SHOULD TAKE TIME OOOO

  8. Dtruth

    July 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I stopped reading at instituting serious reforms in the aviation sector….Tufiakwa Nigerian public office holders…. crooks and dem sabi lie…No be for ur tenure water dey leak for MMA and dem dey use bucket collect the water for international depature line upon all the budget for aviation?? Stella onye oshi ego na amu

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