orosanyaECONOMIC and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, yesterday
revealed how former Head of Service
of the Federation, Mr. Stephen
Oronsaye, stole N314.6million from
the treasury.
In the 24-count charge the
commission filed against Oronsaye
before a Federal High Court,
Abuja, EFCC said that he used two
companies to siphon the money.
The two companies alleged owned
by the embattled former head
of service are Fredrick Hamilton
Global Services Limited and Xangee
Technologies Limited.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole, who
heard the matter, fixed the trial of
Oronsaye and two others who were
brought before him for stealing and
obtaining money by false pretence
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 allegedly committed the
offences between 2010 and 2011,
using two companies for shady
biometrics enrolment deals to the
tune of N314.6million.
The third accused person,
Abdulrasheed Maina, former
Chairman of the Pension Task Team,
is 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 pleaded not guilty when the
charges were read to them.
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.
However, Chief Kanu Agabi,
SAN, counsel to Oronsaye, while
expressing readiness for the trial to
commence, gave an oral application
for bail, noting that the defence
wanted “a speedy end to the matter.”
He further argued that constitutionally, his client was
presumed “innocent until proven
guilty.”
Agabi told that court that he had
also filed a formal bail application
with the court.
Oluwole Aladedoye, counsel
to Afe, who also represented the
third accused, Fredrick Hamilton
Global Services Limited, also
gave an oral application for
bail, aligning himself with the
argument of Agabi.
He informed the court that he
had filed a formal bail application.
Yusuf, however, told the court
that he received the application
late and needed to file a counteraffidavit.
Aladedoye stressed that
the EFCC would not be able
to accommodate the accused
persons, urging the court to order
that they be remanded in prison
custody.
Justice Kolawole, thereafter,
fixed July 21, 2015 for hearing
on the bail applications filed by
counsel to the accused persons.
In his ruling, the judge said: “I
hereby decline oral bail application
and it shall be formal to provide a
level playing ground, as it must
be based on the materials placed
before the court.”
He urged Yusuf to avail the
court of his counter-affidavit on or
before tomorrow.
The judge, thereafter, released
the accused persons on “the
strength of their counsel, who
must sign an undertaking within
the next 48 hours, that the accused
persons shall return to court on the
said date fixed for the hearing of
the bail applications.”
He added that: “I have no doubt
that the primary place of remand
is the prison, but this is not the case
in all instances.”


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