Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, will today hear the application filed in the trial of a former Head of Service, Stephen Oronsaye, and two others who were brought before it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 24-count charge bordering on stealing and obtaining money by false pretence.
The judge had fixed hearing in the substantive matter for October 28, 29, November 3, 5 and December 2, 2015, respectively.
Oronsaye, who is alleged to have been complicit in several contract awards during his tenure as HoS, is being charged along with Osarenkhoe Afe.
They are alleged to have committed the fraudulent transactions between 2010 and 2011, using two companies – Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited and Xangee Technologies Limited – for shady biometrics enrolment deals to the tune of N2 billion.
A third accused person, Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Pension Task Team, is currently on the run.
One of the counts reads in part: “That you, Stephen Oronsaye, Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina (now at large), Osarenkhoe Afe and Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited, on or about 2nd July, 2010, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, collaborated in disguising genuine nature of the sum of N161,472,000 derived from an illegal act wit, conducting procurement fraud by means of fraudulent and corrupt action the contract extension of biometric enrolment purportedly awarded to Innovative Solutions Limited by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation without following due process and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 14 (1) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004.”
Another count reads: “That you, Stephen Oronsaye, Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina (now at large), and Xangee Technologies Limited (now facing another charge) between July and December 2011 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, collaborated in disguising genuine nature of the sum of N153,146,719.99 derived from an illegal act to wit; conducting procurement fraud by means of fraudulent and corrupt action the contract of biometric enrolment purportedly awarded to Xangee Technologies Limited by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation without following due process and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 14 (1) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004.”
They both pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them on the day of arraignment.
Following their plea, counsel to EFCC, Aliyu Yusuf asked the court for a date for commencement of trial, and to remand the accused persons in prison custody.
He also notified the court that the prosecution had 18 witnesses it intended to present during the trial.
Justice Kolawole thereafter fixed today for hearing on the bail applications filed by counsel to the accused.


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