Former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Stephen Oronsaye, on Monday, July 13, 2015 regained temporary freedom till Tuesday, July 21, 2015 when bail his application would be heard.
Stephen Oronsaye was on Friday, July 10, 2015 arraigned by the EFCC before a Federal High Court in Abuja over his alleged involvement in a 1.2 billion naira fraud while at the helm of affairs at Nigerian Civil Service,
According to a report, the charges filed before the court, against Oronsaye alongside two other persons, Osarenkhoe Afe and Frederick Hamilton Global Services Limited, were that, they siphoned about N1.2 billion from the federal treasury during his tenure as Head of the Civil Service.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the 24-count charge, bordering on money laundering and corruption charged against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The prosecutor, Aliyu Yusuf, urged the court to set a date to commence trial and that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody. Counsel to Mr. Oronsaye, Kanu Agabi, however prayed the trial Judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, to grant his client bail on liberal terms.
Counsel to the other accused persons, Oluwole Aladedoye, who aligned with the submissions of the counsel to Oronsaye, held that section 32(3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 allows an oral application for bail and prayed the court to admit his clients to bail as, according to him, the offences for which they are charged are bailable.
The Prosecuting Counsel opposed the application for bail, stating that he was served with the application in the court and that he needs time, under the law to respond.
Justice Kolawole ruled that the accused persons be released to their counsel, who must write an undertaking to produce them in court on July 21, when their bail application will be argued.
The court then slated October 28 and 29, November 3 and 5 and December 2, 2015 for trial of the accused persons.