Anti-corruption agency EFCC is to appeal the ruling Tuesday 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 a 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 N190million, part of a N240million grant for the committee by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and converted same to personal use.
EFCC believes the trial judge erred in his ruling and will approach the appeal court to set aside the ruling, says Wilson Uwujaren, head, media & publicity, EFCC, in a release.
… Ex-Gov Suswam’s absence stalls N3.1bn fraud trial
Meanwhile, the absence on May 9 of Gabriel Suswam, a former Benue State governor, before a Federal High Court, Abuja, stalled his ongoing trial, as his counsel, Ahmed Raji, told the court that he was on admission at a hospital.
“Suswam fell ill after he was released by the Department of State Services, DSS, on May 8,” Raji told Justice A.R. Mohammed, who is presiding over the nine-count charge brought by the EFCC against him and his then commissioner of finance, Omodachi Okolobia, for allegedly diverting N3.1 billion state funds.
Justice Mohammed adjourned to June 21 and 22, 2017, “for continuation of trial”.