N2bn fraud trial: EFCC to appeal Oronsaye’s acquittal
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) will appeal the judgment of the Federal High Court Abuja, which today acquitted a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, HoS, Mr Stephen Oronsaye of the N2bn money laundering charge brought against him and others by the Commission.
In dismissing the charge, Justice Inyang Ekwo held that the Commission failed to establish the charges against the defendants.
However, the Commission in a statement by its Spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren believes the trial judge erred by overlooking the evidence of the 21 witnesses called by the prosecution in the course of the trial as well as the confessional statement of one of the defendants, Osarenkhoe Afe. It has therefore decided to challenge the judgment at the Court of Appeal.
Oronsaye’s corruption trial commenced in 2015 when he was docked alongside the Managing Director of Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited, Mr. Osarenkhoe Afe and three companies – Cluster Logistic Limited; Kangolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited, and Drew Investment & Construction Company Limited.
The 1st and 2nd defendants, had between 2010 and 2011, used the companies as vehicles to siphon public funds to the tune of N2 billion through contract fraud.
They were prosecuted on an amended 27–count charge.