EFCC witness gives ‘contradictory testimony’ in Oronsaye’s trial

A prosecution witness, Mustapha Gadanya, on Tuesday gave contradictory testimony in the ongoing trial of a former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye, at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Oronsaye is standing trial for money laundering, fraud and breach of trust.

The former HOS is being tried with Osarenkhoe Afe and four companies – Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited, Cluster Logistic Limited, Kangolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited, and Drew Investment and Construction Company Limited.

Oronsaye and Afe were alleged to have engaged in fraudulent transactions between 2010 and 2011, using the companies for offences ranging from procurement fraud, money laundering and advance fee fraud.

At a trial-within-trial on June 21, the first prosecution witness, Miss Roukayya Ibrahim, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told the court that the statement written by Afe on February 24, 2011 was obtained from him without duress or oppression.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole has ordered the trial- within- trial following the second defendant’s claim that his statement was made to the EFCC under duress.

During their testimony during Tuesday’s trial-within-trial conducted by Justice Kolawole to ascertain Afe’s claim, Gadanya and another EFCC operative, Nurudeen Suleman gave contradictory evidence on the claim.

Gandanya told the court his team did not seize mobile phones and iPads from Afe.

He admitted that a search warrant was executed on Afe’s house in Jabi area of Abuja, but denied the defendant’s claim that three items were taken away from the house.

Gandanya, who was crossed examined by the second defendant’s counsel, Mr. Oluwole Aladedoye, told the court that search warrant on Afe’s house was executed in 2011 by the order of a superior officer, based on investigation conducted on a petition against the defendants.