Abuja - An FCT High Court on Wednesday admitted in evidence, the statements made by Steve Oronsaye, a former Head of Service of the Federation, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Oronsaye was alleged to have deposited money meant for the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force which he chaired into a fixed bond in Access bank known only to him.
At the resumed sitting, Oransaye’s Counsel, Abiodun Layonu, opposed the sixth prosecution witness, Hamma-Adama Bello, tendering the statement.
Layonu had urged the court not to admit the document because the witness was not the one that signed and therefore not the originator citing Sections 83(1) sub 1 and 4 of the Evidence Act.
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He told the court that since Bello did not counter-sign the statement he could not be cross-examined on the statement.
According to him, Bello is not the appropriate person to tender the document in evidence.
The prosecuting counsel, Offem Uket, urged the court to allow the witness to tender it and cited Sections 52 of the Evidence Act.
He said that the witness was a member of the team that investigated the petition and was present when the defendant made the statements.
- News 24