- Date Caught: July 8, 2015
- Trade/Profession: Head Of Service of Federation, HOS
- City: Oredo
- State: Edo (Benin City)
- Case Status: Charged
- Accomplices: Osarenkhoe Afe, Abdulrasheed Maina
- Listed: July 22, 2015 3:26 am
- Expires: 999202 days, 5 hours
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,slammed a 24-count charge of stealing on the former Head of Service of the Federation (HOS), Steve Oronsaye, and two others.
The charges brought against the former HOS and two other accomplices border on stealing and obtaining by false pretence, otherwise known as 419, people familiar with the matter told PREMIUM TIMES.
We understand that Mr. Oronsaye and his two accomplices would be arraigned in court on Monday.
Mr. Oronsaye was arrested by the anti-graft agency on Wednesday on allegations of corruption.
He, however, ran into fresh trouble when new allegations emerged that he was engaged in theft and money laundering.
The commission had granted him administrative bail and ordered him to report for further interrogation Friday.
After hours of rigorous questioning by top officials of the commission, the 24-count charges were drawn up against him.
PREMIUM TIMES had in December 15, 2013 exclusively reported how Mr. Oronsaye and other top directors of the Nigerian civil service colluded to allegedly defraud the nation of N6.2 billion pension fund.
When questioned by the EFCC, Mr. Afe stated that Frederick Hamilton was paid N289.05 million for its contract, out of which he got N35 million and Mr. Oronsaye received N250 million through third parties. Mr. Afe stated that he was willing to make a refund.
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