The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has discovered a bank account with huge sums of stolen funds. The account has at least N2.5billion opened in the name of an Stella Oduah’s housemaid. Oduah, a former aviation minister is currently a serving Senator representing one of the three Senatorial Districts of Anambra state.
Investigators at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission are of the view that the bank account was opened by Stella Oduah, who used her housemaid as the account owner in order to prevent anybody from knowing she was the real owner of the allegedly stolen N2.5billion.
New information coming in has it that two senior EFCC sources explained that the bank account and its huge deposits was opened and operated without the knowledge of the former minister’s housemaid, saying “Senator Oduah apparently opened the account with her housemaid’s name, image, and details without the housemaid knowing about it.”
Another EFCC source told SaharaReporters that Ms. Oduah had been going around to some top officials of the Muhammadu Buhari administration seeking their help to scuttle her impending trial. Last week, she asked for a meeting with EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu, claiming she wanted to meet in her official capacity as a senator. According to SaharaReporters, two officials of EFCC who spoke on the “housemaid” account revealed that Ms Oduah was the single signatory to the account, adding that they were still connecting the dots to uncover how the former minister managed to pull off such a money laundering strategy.
As of last week, the account was still active and contained over N2.5 billion,” said one of the EFCC sources, adding that he was not sure if the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, who is presently traveling in Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj, had directed the freezing of the account. One of the anti-graft sources revealed that the discovery of the “housemaid” account is an indication that Ms Osduah could have laundered as much as N5.6 billion so far from the aviation ministry’s budget during her time as minister.