A letter from the Attorney General of the Federation has stalled the arraignment of Senator Stella Oduah before the Abuja Federal High Court.
The former Minister of Aviation, Oduah, who is now a senator representing Anambra North Senatorial district in the Senate, is facing money laundering charges.
She was to be initially arraigned on a 25-count charge, along with eight other defendants, in February of 2021.
Oduah and her co-accused persons could not take their plea following an application by one of the defence lawyers, Ogwu Onoja asking the court not to proceed with the plea.
Onoja told the court that there was a petition dated January 29 to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice regarding the charge stating that Oduah and the other defendants were being persecuted.
Onoja said having submitted a petition to the Attorney General of the Federation; the EFCC has refused to release the file to the AGF.
Justice Inyang Ekwo held that since a statutory and constitutional issue have been raised, ithe case cannot be summarily heard.
The judge ordered parties to file written addresses on the issue before adjourning to February 10, 2022