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Thursday, 1 November 2018

ASSET DECLARATION: FG FILES CHARGES AGAINST ODUAH, UZODINMA

The Federal Government  yesterday, slammed criminal charges against Senators Hope Uzodinma from Imo State and Stella Oduah from Anambra State, following their alleged refusal to declare their assets.


The two separate charges, were lodged before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, SPIP.
The duo, who are still serving lawmakers, will each answer to a two-count charge that was okayed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.
Hope Uzodinma


While the charge against Oduah was assigned to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, Senator Uzodinma, who is a factional gubernatorial flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo State, is expected to take his plea before trial Justice Babatunde Quadri.

Specifically, the two-count charge against Oduah who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party,   PDP, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/110/2018, read: “That you, Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah (F) on or about 29th day of March, 2018 being a public officer with the National Assembly Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, committed an offence to wit: refused to declare your assets without reasonable excuse and upon notice to declare your assets before the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Abuja contrary to and punishable under S. 3 (3) (1) (a) of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provision) Act 2004.
“That you, Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah (F) on or about 29th day of March 2018 being a pubic officer with the National Assembly Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court committed an offence to wit: neglected to declare your assets without reasonable excuse and upon notice to declare your assets before the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Abuja contrary to and punishable under S. 3 (3) (1) (a) of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provision) Act 2004”
The one against Uzodinma, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/107/2018, read in part: “That you, Senator Hope Uzodinma (M) on or about the 5th day of March 2018, being a public officer with the National Assembly Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, committed an offence to wit: refused to declare your assets without reasonable excuse and upon notice to declare your assets before the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Abuja, contrary to and punishable under S. 3 (3) (1) (a) of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provision) Act 2004.”
“That you Senator Hope Uzodmma (M) on or about 5th day of March 2018 being a public officer that the National Assembly Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, committed an offence to wit: neglected to declare your assets without reasonable excuse and upon notice to declare your assets before the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Abuja, contrary to and punishable under S. 3 (3) (1) (a) of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provision) Act 2004.”
It will be recalled that the Chief Okoi Obono-Obla led Presidential panel had also entered similar charges against the Deputy Senate President, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu and the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East, Chief Albert Bassey Akpan.

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