EFCC Re-arraigns Oronsaye, Others over N1.2bn Fraud


There is more trouble for the former Head of Service, Steve Oronsaye, as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday re-arraigned him and others at a Federal High Court, Abuja, on an amended 35- count charge bordering on N1.2 billion fraud.

It was learnt that other persons re-arraigned alongside the former HOS were Osarenkhoe Afe and Frederick Hamilton as well as Global Services Limited.

In the amended charge, the EFCC increased the number of defendants from three to six, with additional three companies, allegedly used to siphon the funds.

Oronsaye and the five other defendants were accused of fraud and corrupt act, thereby violating the Money Laundering and Prohibition Act of 2004.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Olaleke Atolagbe, said one of the accomplices in the alleged crime, Abdulrasheed Maina, now at large, connived with the defendants to commit the crime.

According to the charge, the alleged crime hinged on the biometric enrolment job purportedly awarded to Innovative Solutions Limited, without observing due process.

Counsel to Oronsaye, Mr. Joe Agi (SAN), alongside the other defence counsel, made an oral application, praying the court to allow the defendants continue to enjoy the bail earlier granted them.

The Judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawale fixed June 9 for definite commencement of trial.

Author: News Editor

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