Abuja - The trial of the former Head of Civil Service, Stephen Oronsaye, who is under probe for a N2 billion fraud, has been adjourned to later this month.
This followed the amendment of the 24-count charge earlier preferred against the accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The amended charge contains 35 counts bordering on stealing and obtaining money by false pretence.
It was gathered that further investigation into the fraud had necessitated a need to amend the 24-count charge initially brought against Oronsaye in July in which along with his co-accused, Osarenkhoe Afe, and Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited, were is alleged to have been complicit in several biometric contract awards during his tenure as Head of Civil Service.
Prosecuting counsel, Adebisi Adeniyi, told the court that three additional defendants that are corporate bodies had been included.
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He gave the names as: Cluster Logistic Limited, Kangolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited and Drew Investment and Construction Company Limited.
He therefore requested the court for a new date, in order for the accused persons to be served.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole in acceding to the request adjourned the matter to November 25.
Oronsaye is alleged to have in connivance with Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina (now at large), Afe and Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited in July 2010 “collaborated in disguising genuine nature of the sum of N161 472 000 derived from an illegal act.”
Cluster Logistic Limited and Kangolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited, were also alleged to have connived with Maina (alias Abdullahi A. Faizal now at
large) in February 2014 to “transfer the sum of N33 800 000 to West Waves Bureau De Change from the account of Cluster Logistic Limited maintained by Maina.
Oronsanye was Head of the Civil Service of the Federation in 2009 until he retired in 2010 after reaching the statutory retirement age of 60.
- CAJ News