Oronsaye: Defendant Signed Statement – Witness

Oronsaye: Defendant Signed Statement – Witness


The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday adjourned till March 29, trial-within-trial in the fraud case filed against a former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye.

At the resumed hearing, a prosecution witness, Mr. Mustapha Gadanya told the court during cross examination that the second defendant, Mr. Osarenkhoe Afe, willingly wrote and signed the statement he made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“Before his statement on March 16, 2011, I interviewed him about the amount received by his company and what he did with it,” the prosecution witness said.

“After I interviewed him, I asked if he was willing to reduce it in writing and he said yes. He wrote his statement himself and signed it.”

Gadanya, who was cross-examined by Afe’s counsel, Mr. Oluwale Aladedoye, told the court that although suspects invited to the commission had to deposit their phones at the gate, it was not always the case.

The witness also told the court that there is a register where suspects invited to the commission were required to sign on each visit, adding that it was however, a flexible arrangement.

Earlier, while Gadanya was being led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Oluwaleke Atolagbe, he told the court that he worked for the commission from July 2005 to September 2014.

The witness, who said that while at the commission, he was the second in command at the pension fraud unit, added that he currently works with a bank.

Justice Gabriel Kolawale, adjourned the matter till March 29 for the defence to call its witness.

NAN

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