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Date set for ex-Head of Service's bail application

14 July 2015, 09:51Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed the date for ruling on the bail application by former Head of Service (HoS), Stephen Oronsaye, who is among individuals facing corruption charges.

Oronsanye and alleged co-conspirators, whom the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has leveled charges against , are facing a 24-count charge bordering on stealing and obtaining money by false pretence.

They will appear in court for October 28, 29; November 3, 5 and December 2, 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.

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A third accused person, Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of the Pension Task Team is currently on the run.

The accused both 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.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole fixed next Tuesday for hearing on the bail applications filed by counsel to the accused persons.

The accused are out on warning.

- CAJ News

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