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The Judge Was Wrong: EFCC Vows To Appeal Court Judgment On Oronsaye




The Judge Was Wrong: EFCC Vows To Appeal Court Judgment On Oronsaye

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reacted to the judgement of an Abuja Federal High Court which discharged the former head of service of the federation, Stephen Oronsaye of the charges against him.

Naija News recalls Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court ruled on Monday that the prosecution had failed to provide sufficient evidence to justify a conviction in the N2 billion fraud charges against him.

The charges were brought against the former Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF) by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

However, following the court ruling, the EFCC in a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren said Justice Ekwo erred in the delivery of his judgement and the commision would appeal his ruling at a higher court.

According to Uwujaren, the Judge “erred by overlooking the evidence of the 21 witnesses called by the prosecution”.

The anti-graft agency submitted that Ekwo also overlooked the confessional statement of one of the defendants.

Oronsaye was first arraigned in 2015, along with Mr Osarenkhoe Afe, the Managing Director of Fedrick Hamilton Global Services Limited.

The duo faced 49 charges related to fraud. After the anti-graft Commission separated parts of the case concerning Abdulrasheed Maina, the former head of the Presidential Pension Task Force who was then at large, the charges were amended.

Maina was later prosecuted separately by the EFCC, leading to his conviction and eight-year prison sentence in November 2021.

Oronsaye was also charged alongside three companies – Cluster Logistic Limited; Kangolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited, and Drew Investment & Construction Company Limited.

The EFCC alleged that between 2010 and 2011, the defendants used these companies to illicitly divert public funds through procurement fraud.

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The Commission accused Oronsaye and his co-defendants of inflating biometric enrollment contracts, collective allowances, and other schemes to siphon money from accounts containing pensioners’ funds.

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