Alleged N2bn contract scam: EFCC presents 12th witness against Oronsanye

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has presented the 12th prosecution witness, Garba Yusuf, against the former Head of Service of the Federation, Stephen Oronsanye, before Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Yusuf, a retired civil servant and former Deputy Director and Head of Procurement Department while Oronsanye was HoS, testified on Monday as Oronsanye faces trial for N2bn fraud case involving alleged illegal contract awards. The EFCC, via its online platform, says it is prosecuting Oronsanye along with the managing director, Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited, Osarenkhoe Afe, both of whom are alleged to be involved in several illegal contract awards amounting to the said sum during Oronsanye’s tenure as HoS.

While being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, O. A. Atolagbe, the PW12 stated that his department was responsible for overseeing the execution of various contracts in the Office of the Head of Service and added that there were laid down procedures before a contract was awarded to any contractor. “Once a request was identified for supply or service, advertisements are made to call in qualified contractors. “A bid process is carried out to ascertain suitably qualified contractors, who would have scored on technicality and financials.

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