EFCC Quizzes Oronsaye

OronsayeThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye, for questioning over allegations of corruption and obtaining money by false pretence.

The former Head of Service was called in on Tuesday from his Abuja residence almost eight months after a Federal High Court ordered his release.

He was granted bail on self-recognition by a Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital in July 2015.

Mr Oronsaye, who was charged along with two others, was asked to deposit his travel documents with the court to fully secure his bail.

The EFCC has now filed two fresh charges against Mr Oronsaye at the Federal Capital Territory High Court.

N1.2bn Fraud: FG Files Fresh Charges Against Oronsaye, Others

OronsayeThe federal government has filed fresh charges against the former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Steve Oronsaye and five others before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had earlier filed a 24-count charge against Oronsaye and two other defendants over alleged fraud and money laundering offences involving 1.2 trillion Naira.

But at the resumption of hearing, the Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Adebisi Adeniyi, informed the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, that he had filed an amended charge and sought for an adjournment to serve the charge on three new co-defendants who had been included in the fresh charge.

With the filing of the amended charge, the initial 24 counts had jumped to 35 counts, while the number of defendants increased from three to six.

Justice Kolawole, however, adjourned the matter to  November 25 to enable the prosecution to serve the fresh charges on the new co-defendants for them to take their pleas.

The amended charge dated November 2, 2015,  has the following defendants: Stephen Oronsaye, Osarenkhoe Afe, Global Services Limited, Cluster Logistics Limited , Kangolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited and Drew Investment & Construction Company Limited.

NAFDAC Boss Says Allegation Of Abuse Of Office Is ‘Unsubstantial’

Paul-OrhiiThe Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Paul Orhii, has described allegations against him as ‘Unsubstantiated, Mindless and Spurious’.

Mr Orhii was at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) earlier on Monday for interrogation over the allegations of abuse of office and contract scam.

His invitation for questioning followed allegations of supplies made at NAFDAC, linked to his personal company.

He was granted administrative bail, but he is expected to re-appear before the EFCC.

‘Unsubstantiated, Mindless And Spurious’

In reaction to claims that he was arrested, Mr Orhii in a statement by his Director of Special Duties, Abubakar Jimoh, denied being arrested by the EFCC, saying he went there on his own volition.

He explained that a former Director of Finance and Accounts of NAFDAC, Mr Demola Mogbojuri, had initiated a corruption allegation against him and that the claims were ‘unsubstantiated, mindless and spurious’.

Mr Orhii said that there was nothing unusual about his visit to the office of the anti-graft body.

He is the latest high-profile Nigerian that the EFCC has invited for questioning over allegations of corrupt practices since President Muhammadu Buhari took over office on May 29.

On July 28 the wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, was at the headquarters of the EFCC for questioning over an alleged case of corruption.

After about five hours with the officials of the anti-graft agency indoors, Mrs Saraki left the premises with her supporters.

Earlier on July 8 the Former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Steve Oronsaye, was arrested by the EFCC and was few days later brought before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja, to answer charges of corruption, bordering on 1.2 billion Naira fraud.

EFCC Arraigns Nigeria’s Former Head Of Service

efccThe Former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Steve Oronsaye, is to appear before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja, to answer charges of corruption, bordering on 1.2 billion Naira fraud.

Mr Orosaye on Thursday returned to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s custody ahead of Monday’s arraignment.

He had earlier been arrested on Wednesday by the anti-graft agency but granted an administrative bail after several hours of questioning.

He was thereafter asked to return the following day to be formally charged to court.

The former top civil servant was appointed the Head of Service of the Federation in 2009 and is alleged to have been involved in bogus contract award between 2009 and 2010