Fraud: Former Head Of Service Oronsaye To Know Fate May 4

Steve Oronsaye
Ex Head of Service, Steve Oronsaye

By Ogbolu George

A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Wednesday, adjourned till May 4, ruling on the no-case submission by the ex-Head of Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye.

Oronsaye, who chaired the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force set up by former President Goodluck Jonathan, was arraigned for breach of trust and diversion of the committee’s N190 million.

The defence had on Dec. 9 2016, filed a no-case submission on the grounds that the prosecution had no case against the defendant.

No-case submission

At the resumed hearing, Kanu Agabi, the defence counsel argued that there were omissions of essential elements in the charges against his client, said on that account, the charges were imperfect.

He said the prosecution failed to specify the amount entrusted to the defendant, nor the mandate of the committee the defendant chaired.

The defence counsel said the prosecution did not prove the offence to warrant the defendant to enter defence.

He urged the court to grant his no-case submission.

However, the prosecuting counsel, Offem Uket said it was not right to bring up the issue of imperfection of charges now, as it was against sections 220 and 221 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, (ACJA) 2015.

Olasumbo Goodluck, the trial judge adjourned the case to May 4.

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