Oronsaye's Case: Abuja Judge Tells EFCC To Stop Playing Pranks

by Naija.Com

During a session of the case against the former head of service Steve Oronsaye, Justice Kolawole warned the commission to follow its investigations thoroughly before beginning the arraignment of accused people.

Kolawole in his adjournment ruling described the actions of the prosecuting counsel as irresponsible.

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The prosecuting counsel had informed the court that the charges against the accused has been increased to 35 from 24. He also said the number witnesses has increased from three witnesses to six during the course of investigation by the EFCC.

Furious at the addition of charges, Kolawole noted that it is obvious that investigations by the anti-graft agency commenced after the arrest of the accused people.

Although the defending counsel did not object to the fresh charges and witnesses, he asked the court to adjourn the case to a suitable day for all parties.

He asked the court to fix for November 25 to enable the EFCC to serve the third and fifth defendants duly.

The judge said it is time for statutory agencies to stop playing pranks with extant orders by the court of law.

However, he revoked the adjournment earlier fixed for November 5 to November 25 to allow all parties involved serve the necessary papers as expected.

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Kolawole added that the first and second defendants continue with the bail granted to them till November 25.

Oronsaye is being prosecuted by the EFCC for alleged corruption and mismanagement of public funds.

The former head of service was indicted by a 169-page report by the office of the auditor general of the federation.

The charges were that during his tenure as the head of service of the federation, Oronsaye mismanaged over N123 billion and presided over the embezzlement of the country’s resources.

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