A prosecution witness in the trial of Mr. Stephen Orosaye, former Head of Service, Rouqayya Ibrahim stated before a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday how Oronsaye’s office operated 66 illegal accounts.
Ibrahim, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, made the revelation at the resumed trial of the former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation over alleged corrupt offences.
The EFCC dragged Oronsaye and four others before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court, Abuja, over an amended 35-count charge of corruption.
The witness, who disclosed that she was drafted to be part of the team that investigated the pension fund, said “sometime in 2010, EFCC and other anti-graft agencies were invited for verification of pension in the civil service.
“During that time, my colleagues discovered a payment mandate for payment of pensioners bearing 32 names, which was suspicious to them and based on that, they requested for further information on the mandate and the statement of account from the Office of the Head of Service.
“It was confirmed that some of the names on that list were fake pensioners. Based on that, EFCC instituted a pension fraud team to properly investigate activities of the head of service in terms of pension payment.”
Speaking further, the witness said that the team wrote letters to all the existing banks at the time to furnish them with the statement of account of all the accounts operated by the head of service for
pensioners and also payment mandate.
The EFCC had re-arraigned the former head of Service to the
Federation before Justice Kolawole on an amended 35-count charge of stealing and obtaining money by false pretence.
In the amended charge dated November 2, 2015, Oronsaye is charged along with Osarenkhoe Afe, Fedrick Hamilton Global Services Limited, Cluster Logistic Limited, Kangolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited, and Drew Investment & Construction Company Limited.
Afe is the managing director of Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited.

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