- Stephen Oronsaye, popularly called Steve, was discharged and acquitted by a Federal High Court on Tuesday, May 9
- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission explained the latest situation and why it will not allow the matter to die
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) does not seem to be taken lightly the decision of a Federal High Court to discharge and acquit Stephen Oronsaye, a former Head of Service (HoS) of the federation.
NAIJ.com reports that Oronsaye was freed by the Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory over alleged N190 million fraud on Tuesday, May 9.
The court said its decision was because the prosecution could not establish a prima facie case against Oronsaye.
On Tuesday night, the EFCC reacted through its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, saying it would head to the Court of Appeal.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is to appeal the ruling today by Justice Olasumbo Olajumoke Goodluck of the FCT High Court, Abuja upholding a no-case submission by a former Head of Service (HoS) and former chairman of Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force (PCFATF), Stephen Oronsaye, on the seven-count charge of criminal breach of trust brought against him by the Commission.
“Orosanye was alleged to have taken undue advantage of his office to receive N190 million, part of a N240 million grant for the committee by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and converted same to personal use.
“The prosecution had after calling six witnesses closed its case setting the stage for Oronsaye to enter his defence.
“Rather than enter his defence, Oronsaye, through his counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN), on December 9, 2016 filed a no-case submission urging the court to strike out the charges on the grounds that they are defective and lacks essential elements required to prosecute the defendant,” he said.
Watch how the EFCC recently arraigned some staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over alleged fraud: