Former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah, and others on Friday pleaded not guilty to a N5 billion fraud charge preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Oduah and eight others were arraigned by the EFCC before Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria had on Monday reported that Justice Ekwo fixed the date after counsel that appeared for the EFCC, Hassan Liman (SAN), prayed the court to allow the defendants to take their plea, having filed the charge against them since December 17, 2020.
Others arraigned alongside the ex-lawmaker, who represented Anambra North Senatorial District at the 9th National Assembly, were Gloria Odita, Nwosu Emmanuel Nnamdi and Chukwuma Irene Chinyere.
Others include Global Offshore and Marine Limited, Tip Top Global Resources Limited, Crystal Television Limited and Sobora International Limited.
Oduah was arraigned on alleged N5 billion fraud and financial misappropriation while she served as Minister during the Jonathan Administration.
In the 25-count charge, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/316/2020, they were accused of conspiracy, money laundering and maintaining anonymous bank accounts with a commercial bank.
The proceeding was still ongoing as at the time of filing this report.