Alleged N2bn fraud trial EFCC discontinues cross-examination of ex-HoS, Oronsaye. Friday in Abuja, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) unexpectedly ended Mr. Stephen Oronsaye’s cross-examination about the alleged N2 billion fraud charges levied against him by the Federal Government.
Although the purpose of the cross-examination was to elicit information and components to support the alleged fraud, the EFCC abruptly changed its mind before the Federal High Court and said it would stop questioning the defendant.
During Friday’s hearings, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, who represented the anti-graft agency and was scheduled to conduct the cross-examination, informed Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo that he would not proceed.
The judgment was not explained by the attorney.
However, in response to a query from his attorney, the former Head of Service informed the court that funds in the Contingent Account of the Presidency are not budgeted for.
Oronsaye then declared that his defense against the alleged fraud allegations was over.
Justice Ekwo has set the next day of the trial on October 20.
Oronsaye was charged with Mr. Osarenkhoe Afe, the managing director of Fedrick Hamilton Global Services Limited.
Three businesses—Cluster Logistic Limited, Kangolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited, and Drew Investment & Construction Company Limited—were equally accused before the court by the EFCC.
It was claimed that between 2010 and 2011, the accused exploited the companies to siphon public monies by engaging in procurement fraud.