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Steve Oronsaye, 2 Others To Be Arraigned Monday For Stealing N705m – EFCC

steveorosanyeThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign former Head of Service of the Federation (HOS) Steve Oronsaye and two others on a 24-count charge of stealing.

Mr Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, told newsmen that adequate arraangement has been put in place to arraign Oransaye on Monday .

Till then, the anti-graft agency granted him administrative bail and ordered him to report for further interrogation Friday.

The charges against him are stealing and obtaining by false pretence, or 419 and the case has been assigned to Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

EFCC had alleged that Innovative Solutions and Project Ltd, a company handpicked by Oronsaye, was paid N63 million as contract sum for biometric data capture.

The contract, however, as it turned out, served as a conduit pipe through which three individuals and five companies got N705,368,245.

Other companies which had no contract to participate in the biometric data capture exercise but were paid included Frederick Hamilton Global Ltd, which received N119,398,500; Xangee Technologies got N153,146,719; Fatidek Ventures received N30,056,000; while Obanlado Enterprises was paid N96,765,400.

Meantime, EFCC also uncovered how Phina Chidi, Deputy Director in Pension Account at the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), had given a written statement to the Commission in January, 2011, disclosed to the agency how she was made to shop for companies that would execute contracts and make returns to Oronsaye.

Chidi further detailed how the proceeds of such deals were kept in the accounts of two banks before Shuaibu helped to transfer them to Mr. Oronsaye.

The EFCC further alleged that individuals who benefitted from the string of payments, allegedly made before Oronsaye’s retirement as Head of Service, included Kate Chinwe Obiekwe, Ibrahim Abdulkarim and Mohammed Abdullahi Ahmed who were paid N56,612,585, N80,108,640 and N23,760 respectively.

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