Court Clears Oronsaye of N190m Corruption Charges

Former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye has been cleared of the N190m corruption charges levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) .
An FCT High Court, Maitama, on Tuesday discharged him on the corruption charges.
The Judge ruled that the prosecution failed to establish its case against him.
Oronsaye was docked for criminal breach of trust and diversion of N190m meant for the committee he chaired.
Oronsaye was the Chairman, Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force, set up by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
In the the judgment, Justice Olasumbo Goodluck, upheld the no-case submission filed by Oronsaye.
She held that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against Oronsaye.
“There was contradictory evidence by the prosecution witnesses on whether the defendant was still the head of service as at the time he chaired the committee.
“The court seems to discredit the evidence, suffice it to say that there is no evidence linking the accused with the statutory element and ingredients of the offence with which he is charged.
“The court of trial must as a matter of law discharge him because it has no business scanting for evidence that is nowhere to be found.
“I have looked through the case and I am unable to see any justifications for this case.
“The defendant is hereby discharged,” she held.

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