A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the release of a former Head of Service, Steve Oronsaye, and Osarenkhoe Afe of Frederick Hamilton Global Services Limited from detention.
The court ordered that they be released on the premise of an undertaking signed by the lawyers representing Mr. Oronsaye and his co-accused that they will produce their clients in court on July 21 when their bail applications will be heard.
The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, also said his decision to release the accused persons was based on the grounds that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had not indicated that Mr. Oronsaye especially, will jump bail.
The judge further said hearing on the case will commence on October 29 while the ruling of the bail application was adjourned to July 21.
We had earlier reported that Oronsaye and his co-acccused were charged with committing procurement fraud in 2010 under the pretext of using the various sums of money, illegally withdrawn from the Federal Government’s account, for “biometric data capturing project”.
The offences were allegedly committed when Oronsaye was Head of Service between 2009 and 2010 and said to be contrary to provisions of section 14(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and section 1(1) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other related offences Act.
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