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Oronsaye: Court dismisses co-accused claim

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed an objection to the statement given to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), by co-accused to…

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed an objection to the statement given to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), by co-accused to the former Head of Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye.

Osarenkhoe Afe, who was charged with Oronsaye, said the statement he made to the EFCC on February 24 and March 16, 2011 was made under oppression by a team led by Mustapha Gadanya. 

In his ruling yesterday, Justice Gabriel Kolawole said the defendant could not prove the allegation against the EFCC. He said the defence lawyer, did not do enough to challenge any violation allegedly committed by Gadanya or any of the operatives.

He said the lawyer should have written a protest letter to the authorities of the commission, which could have proved to the court that such violation happened.

Oronsaye and Osarenkhoe Afe were in June 2016 arraigned with Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited, Global Services Limited, Cluster Logistics Limited, Kangolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited, and Drew Investment and Construction Company Limited before an Abuja Federal High Court on a 35-count charge of diversion of alleged diversion of N2 billion in the civil service biometric data project.

The case has been adjourned to October 12 for trial.

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