After Eight Years, Court Acquits Ex HOS Oronsaye Of $2bn Fraud

Fawaz Adebisi

The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja has discharged and acquitted a former Head of Service of the Federation, Stephen Oronsaye of the N2 billion fraud charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The EFCC, having arraigned Oronsaye since 2015, was not able to provide enough evidence against the defender, according to the judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo.

Oronsaye was arraigned alongside the Managing Director of Frederick Hamilton Global Services Limited, Osarenkhoe Afe on allegations of corruption.

They were accused of using two companies – Frederick Hamilton Global Services Limited, and Xangee Technologies Limited – for dubious biometrics enrolment in the N2 billion fraud.

However, during the ruling on Monday, the court discharged and acquitted Oronsaye of the charges levelled against him by the anti-graft agency.

The court stated that there was no credible evidence presented by the 21 witnesses called by the EFCC.

Details later…

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