Shuaibu Ibrahim, NYSC director-general, had said Oduah was mobilised for national service in 1982/83 and was posted to Lagos, but absconded after the orientation.
He said: “The consequence of this is that she is not qualified for the issuance of the certificate of national service.”
“Our attention has been called to your scandalous letter referenced above in which you acknowledged that Sen. Stella Oduah was mobilised for youth service in 1982 and served in the Lagos orientation camp, but then concluded that she ‘absconded’ and was not issued a certificate of discharge,” the statement reads.
“That reckless statement, which we consider grossly irresponsible, no doubt suggests that it was procured from you for political considerations in favour of Sen. Oduah’s political detractors. We are shocked that you condescended so low to make such false and unverified conclusions, which is damaging to her character and image.
“That issue also attended litigation and she has a court judgment in her favour in the case of Chinedu Emmanuel Emeka v. Princess Stella Oduah, EPT/AWK/SEN/13/2019.
“In your exact words, ‘after the orientation course, she absconded’. It is curious how a person who had participated in all NYSC activities at the Orientation Camp can be said to have “absconded” because she left for her place of primary assignment as it was the routine. It is either you chose to ignore your record or your office has failed to keep proper records.
“You are by this letter given 48 hours to retract your statement, failing which legal actions shall be commenced against you.”