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16 Mar 2016

Alleged N190m fraud: EFCC docks ex-HoS, Oronsaye on fresh 2-count charge

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  yesterday, docked former Head of Service of the Federation, HoS, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye, before an Abuja High Court sitting in Maitama. Oronsaye Orosanye was arraigned before Justice Olasumbo Goodluck on a a two-count charge bordering on alleged N190 million fraud. The former HoS was alleged to have abused his position as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on the Financial Action Task Force by fraudulently obtaining N190 million, which the anti-graft agency insisted was part of N240 million grant the committee received from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. EFCC alleged that the fund was paid into an Access Bank account operated by Oronsaye without the knowledge of other members of the committee. The defendant was said to have invested the money for his personal gains. Meanwhile, Orosanye pleaded not guilty to the charge, even as the EFCC, through its lawyer, Mr. O. Uket, applied for his remand in prison custody, pending trial. “My lord, we shall be asking for a date to commence the trial. In the interim, however, we apply that the defendant be remanded in prison custody,” Uket submitted. His application infuriated the defence counsel, Mr. Joe Agi, SAN, who led three other Senior Advocates of Nigeria that entered appearance for the defendant. Agi drew the attention of the court to the fact that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, had on Monday, directed that criminal cases must be heard on a day-to-day basis, starting from the day of arraignment. He, therefore, urged the court to compel the EFCC to immediately open its case against his client. In a short ruling, Justice Goodluck upheld the submission of the defence counsel and ordered the prosecution to produce its witnesses immediately. Apparently not prepared for the sudden turn of events, EFCC lawyer, Uket, begged the court for a stand down to enable him to go and fish for some of the proposed witnesses, an application that was accordingly granted.
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