Stella Oduah, the senator representing Anambra North in the national assembly, has disputed a report by online news site, Sahara Reporters, which said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) discovered N2.5 billion in an account which she purportedly opened in the name of her housemaid.
Oduah, a former minister, accused Sahara Reporters of descending to a “despicable low” by lying against her, and then she challenged the newspaper to “present details of their funding and how the platform is able to afford a property in choice area of Maitama in Abuja.”
“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,” the senator said in a statement signed by Francisca Onyeisi, the head of communications in her media office.
She said Sahara Reporters is promoting 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.”
Oduah also challenged the paper to give details of the account of the housemaid to the public. She wondered why she has not been called in for questioning by the EFCC if such an account truly exists, when the EFCC “is freezing accounts and going after opposition governors who enjoy same level of immunity as the president. ”
“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,” she said, dismissing the report as another calculated attempt to taint her achievements.
An email sent by The ScoopNG to the publisher of Sahara Reporters seeking a response to Oduah’s allegations have not been responded to.