Stella Oduah’s trial : Stop Sending Private Message To Me,Judge Warns

A judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Inyang Ekwo, has warned those sending private messages to him over N5 billion corruption trial of former minister of aviation, Stella Oduah and others to desist from intruding on his privacy.

Ekwo who did not provide the identities of the senders, gave the warning at the resumed hearing of the case on Monday.

Oduah, who is a serving senator and other defendants, including a Chinese firm, CCECC, were scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

But the arraignment was again adjourned over ongoing talks between some defendants and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the case had suffered numerous adjournments since it was filed in December 2020.

The judge spoke about the intrusive messages he had been receiving about the case after the counsel for Ms Oduah (1st defendant), Onyechi Ikpeazu, and lawyer to Crystal Television Ltd (7th defendant), Ogbu Onoja, said there were ongoing moves to resolve the matter without going through a trial.

The judge then said: “Somebody has been breaching my privacy on this matter by sending me messages concerning this matter saying he is part of a concerned group.

“I will send security agencies to fish him out. You cannot be intruding into my privacy.”

Mr Ekwo, who condemned the act, said his records were public documents that anybody could assess after the public laws had been complied with.

Responding, prosecuting lawyer Hassan Liman, who appeared for the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), also condemned the act.

He said even if the person was a party in the suit, he had no right to communicate with the judge.

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