N109m fraud: Court clears ex-HoS, Oronsaye


N109m fraud: Court clears ex-HoS, Oronsaye

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A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, discharged and acquitted a former Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF), Steven Oronsaye, over alleged N109 million fraud.

Justice Inyang Ekwo held that the allegations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission lacked merit.

The judge added that the EFCC failed to provide adequate evidence to warrant Oronsaye’s conviction.

The former HoS was in 2016 arraigned alongside Osarenkhoe Afe, Managing Director of Fedrick Hamilton Global Services Limited on a 49-count charge, which was later amended to 22 charges after it was separated from that of the former head of the Presidential Pension Task Force, Abdulrasheed Maina, who was then at large.

Three companies — Cluster Logistic Limited, Kangolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited, and Drew Investment & Construction Company Limited were also joined in the charge preferred against Oronsaye by the anti-graft agency.

EFCC accused the ex-head of service of funds diversion during the civil service biometric data project.