N1.2bn Fraud: FG Files 11 Fresh Charges Against Oronsaye, 3 Others

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The former Head of Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye and five others were on Tuesday charged with 11 fresh counts by the federal government before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday.

Oronsaye and two other defendants who are standing trail over alleged fraud and money laundering offences involving 1.2 trillion naira after a 24-count charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, the Prosecuting Counsel, Adebisi Adeniyi, told the court that he had filed an amended charge and sought for an adjournment to serve 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.

The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, however, granted the request of the prosecution counsel and adjourned the matter to November 25.

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.