In a dramatic turn of events, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has reserved judgment in the highly-publicized money laundering trial of former Head of Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye.
The trial, which has been ongoing for several months, involves a total of 49 counts of money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.
Oronsaye, who is facing trial alongside Osarenkhoe Afe, Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited, Cluster Logistics Limited, Kangalo Dynamic Cleaning Limited, and Drew Investment and Construction Company Limited, heard the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) adopt its final written address as ordered by the court on October 24, 2022.
Prosecution counsel, O.A Atolagbe, argued that the prosecution had presented enough evidence through oral witness testimony and documents to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, and called for the defendants to be convicted accordingly.
However, counsel for the first defendant, Ade Okeaya-Inneh, SAN, called for the dismissal of all counts and for his client to be discharged and acquitted, stating that there was insufficient evidence to support the charges.
Counsel for the second and third defendants, Oluwole Aladedoye, echoed this sentiment, arguing that there was no evidence to support the 27 counts against the second defendant and called for both defendants to be discharged and acquitted.
Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until April 5, 2023, for the highly-anticipated judgment in this case. The public is eagerly awaiting the outcome of this trial, which has garnered significant attention and is being closely followed by anti-corruption activists and legal experts alike.
This report is brought to you by the Atlantic Post team in Abuja. Stay tuned for more updates as the story develops.