Alleged Forgery: EFCC Disowns Lawyer Prosecuting Stella Oduah 

Stella Oduah, a former minister of aviation, was the target of forgery allegations brought by barrister Ibrahim Mohammed on behalf of the anti-corruption organization.

The EFCC informed the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday that Mohammed, a Superintendent of Police, was not authorized to charge Oduah with a crime or bring a case against her.

Justice James Omotoso was informed by EFCC counsel Helen Okonofun that the police attorney had been the subject of an EFCC investigation as per the judge’s last-week order.

She stated that the results report would be submitted to the court registry and then made available to the court.

Mohammed initially worked with the EFCC, but the attorney claims was redeployed from the agency to the police headquarters on November 4, 2022 and had nothing to do with the EFCC since then.

In a short ruling, Justice Omotoso fixed October 4, 2023, for the EFCC to formally make the report of the findings available to the court.

Recall that the judge had last Tuesday ordered the EFCC to probe Mohammed and determine whether he was authourised to file charges against Oduah.

The eight counts he filed against the ex-minister bordered on forgery of National Youth Service Corps certificate.

But the judge began to ask questions after noticing some flaws in the court process.

Justice Omotoso queried the lawyer whether he had the mandate of the EFCC to file the charges.

Mohammed, who replied in the negative and was largely incoherent while answering questions, admitted that he errorneously filed the charges in the name of the EFCC.

Oduah, while speaking through her lawyer, James Onoja (SAN), last week, described the charges as strange.

According to Onoja, the charges against his client “have no proof of evidence bearing her statement as required by law.”