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EFCC re-arrests ex-head of service, Oronsaye




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday said it had re-arrested former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Steve Oronsaye, over allegations of obtaining the sum of N240 million by false pretence.

A top source at the commission informed The Guardian that Oronsaye was brought into custody around 4:30pm yesterday, and would be docked any moment on charges of advance fee fraud, otherwise known as 419. Already, charges have been filed in court.

Oronsaye, who is already being prosecuted by the EFCC on 24 counts of money laundering before a Federal High Court, Abuja, is alleged to have abused his position as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force and allegedly obtained a sum of N240 million from the Central Bank of Nigeria in the guise of assistance to the committee without the knowledge of other committee members and proceeded to convert the said sum to his personal use.

Oronsaye is still being grilled as at press time. “What we are doing now is simply dotting the ‘i’ and cross the ‘t’. Investigation is almost concluded and the suspect will be charged to court any time from now.”

A two-count charge has been filed against Oronsaye at the Federal Capital Territory High Court.

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