INVESTIGATION: Auditor General’s Report Indicts Ex-Head of Service, Oronsaye, for N123billion fraud

  • N52billion monthly pension payments unaccounted for

  • Collects N1.03billion kickbacks from Pensions Union

  • Cornered N15.6billion meant for settlement of Death Benefits

  • N54billion transferred from 58 illegal accounts can’t be traced

  • Pocketed N113million pension fund, diverted to a contingency account that turned out to be a State House account.

A damning report by the office of Nigeria’s Auditor General has indicted a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Stephen Oronsaye, over an alleged N123billion fraud perpetrated during his tenure, between 2009 and 2010, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today.

The 169-page report, entitled “Special Audit of the Accounts of the Civil Pensions”, found Mr. Oronsaye guilty of allegedly presiding over the looting of the nation’s resources during his tenure.

The audit by the Auditor General arose from the work of a Special Audit Team constituted by the Federal Government in May 2011 to conduct a comprehensive examination of the accounts of the Civilian Pension Department domiciled in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

The audit, which covered the period 2005 to 2010, uncovered monumental financial irregularities, opaque transactions, irregular and abnormal running costs, and outright stealing and kick-backs said to have reached its zenith during the 18 months that Mr. Oronsaye served as Head of Service.

The Auditor General’s office, insiders say, completed its assignment and submitted its report to government in 2012. But no action has been taken to bring all those indicted to book.

This newspaper understands that there is a high-level lobby at the highest reach of our government to suppress the findings and allow those found culpable to enjoy their loot.

While allegations of massive corruption hangs around his neck, Mr. Oronsaye remains very close to President Goodluck Jonathan, with unhindered access to the presidential villa.

He also continues to occupy some of the most important positions in the country. He is, for over 10 years now, chairman of the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force [FATF] and is board member of both the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC] and the Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN], the two public organisations widely considered the most lucrative in the country.

Looting Galore

Although top government officials are working hard to suppress the damning report, PREMIUM TIMES has now scooped its content for you. And it was simply shocking and mind-boggling.

The report found that the pension payroll was never subjected to internal audit between June 2009 and December 2010; and that the over N52billion paid as monthly pension under Mr. Oronsaye’s reign remained largely unaccounted for. The payments, auditors say, were not presented for internal and federal audits for prepayment audit as required by Nigerian financial regulation.

The examination also documented evidence of payment for goods running into hundreds of millions of naira that were not supplied. For instance, about N700million was paid to 223 different contractors for store items. However, no payment vouchers were available for inspection as the investigators carried out their assignments. The payments were also not recorded in the cashbook, leading auditors to conclude that since store receipt vouchers could not be traced, the items were most probably never supplied.

Stephen Oronsaye, former Head of Service
Stephen Oronsaye, former Head of Service

Equally tainted with financial irregularities, the report says, was pension remittance to states and industrial unions during Mr. Oronsaye’s reign. A serious infraction was detected in the payment of N2.08billion check-off dues to the Nigerian Union of Pensioners in 2009 and 2010. When auditors computed and analyzed the figures in accordance with the mandatory one per cent deducted from statutory pension allocations, they found that N1.03bn was overpaid. The report alleged the amount was passed to Mr. Oronsaye as kickbacks.

The auditors also expressed shock at the absence of a single receipt from any state government acknowledging the payments purportedly made to them as five per cent federal government contribution and reimbursements. Consequently, there was no single shred of evidence to indicate that these remittances were actually made, the report said.

Robbing the dead and litany of secret accounts

Even more damning was the revelation that the N15.6billion released by the Federal Government for the settlement of death benefits of deceased civil servants in July 2010 could not be accounted for.

Checks by this newspaper suggested the money was moved to an illegal account in Federal Secretariat branch of Union Bank. The account, we learnt, was personally operated by Mr. Oronsaye and managed by his sister in-law. The funds, those who should know said, were placed in an interest-yielding account with the bank without any document to indicate how much was agreed upon as interests.

Indeed, the report revealed the existence and operation of unauthorized accounts. Between 2009 and 2010, 58 bank accounts were allegedly opened at the instance of Mr. Oronsaye without the knowledge and approval of the Accountant General of the Federation. Over N54 billion were transferred to these illegal accounts and eventually withdrawn for undisclosed purposes. The accounts had no cashbooks, payment vouchers, bank reconciliation statements, transcript or any evidence of expenditure returns.

A history of graft

The Auditor General’s report has now added a new layer to the allegations of corruption that have been swirling around the former head of service since December when PREMIUM TIMES broke the story that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] was investigating him over a N6.2billion biometric enrolment scam.

That report had detailed EFCC’s investigation into how Mr. Oronsaye and other top directors of the Nigerian civil service colluded to allegedly defraud the nation of N6.2 billion pension fund.

The fund, allegedly stolen through a maze of bogus contracts, was meant for biometric enrolment and payment for computer accessories that were never supplied.

Reliable sources at the EFCC had told this newspaper how, between 2009 and 2010, over N6 billion in fake contracts were awarded and paid for under Mr. Oronsaye’s supervision.

In December Mr. Oronsaye was invited by the anti-graft commission to answer questions relating to the multi billion naira pension fund.

Contacted last Thursday, the EFCC wouldn’t say how much progress it has made in its investigation and why it was yet to charge Mr. Oronsaye to court over the matter.

“I have to check with our investigators to give you a definite answer but I’m aware investigation has been going on in the past months,” said Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson for the commission. “I can assure you that this commission is committed to getting to the bottom of the case and has put some of its best investigators on the matter.”

The biometric fraud

According to sources in the EFCC, Innovative Solutions and Project Limited, a company allegedly handpicked by Mr. Oronsaye, received a contract of N63 million for biometric data capture. The contract, however, served as a conduit through which three individuals and five companies got N705,368,245.

Other companies which had no contract to participate in the biometric data capture exercise but were paid include Frederick Hamilton Global Limited, who received N119,398,500; Xangee Technologies got N153,146,719; Fatidek Venture received N30,056,000; while Obanlado Enterprises was paid N96,765,400.00.

During its investigation, the EFCC uncovered how Phina Chidi, a deputy director in the Pension Account at the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, OHCSF, who had given a written statement to the commission in January, 2011, disclosed to the agency how she was made to shop for companies that would execute contracts and make returns to Mr. Oronsaye.

“I was asked by Dr. Shuaibu (Teildi Shuaibu, director, Pension Account) to shop for company names to execute our contracts, proceeds of which should be given to Mr. Stephen Oronsaye  the then Head of Service,” Mrs. Chidi said in her latest statement.

Mrs. Chidi also detailed how the proceeds of such deals were kept in the accounts of two banks before Mr. Shuaibu helped to transfer them to Mr. Oronsaye.

Even more scams

Investigation by this newspaper however suggested that there are some corruption fronts that both the Auditor General of the Federation and the EFCC are yet to cover.

For instance, highly placed sources at the presidency and the office of the Head of Service showed PREMIUM TIMES documents detailing how Mr. Oronsaye, on June 30, 2010, transferred N113million from pension account No; 4501040012292 with Union Bank Plc to a Unity Bank account named Contingency.

The said Contingency account turned out to be a State House Account in the name of Principal Private Secretary to the President, which Mr. Oronsaye continued to operate many years after he was removed as private secretary to the president.

Further checks showed that a certain Shola Aiyedogbon withdrew substantial part of the illegally transferred funds for onward delivery to Mr. Oronsaye. It was only on January 27, 2011 that Unity Bank alerted the Permanent Secretary, State House, that Mr. Oronsaye was still operating the account before he finally let go.

Mr. Oronsaye’s spokesperson reacts, says he’s a saint

Mr. Oronsaye declined to comment for this story. For over a week, he could not be reached on his telephone. On Monday morning, his phone rang but the former head of service did not answer or return the call. He also did not reply a text message sent to him.

However, Walter Duru, his spokesperson, on Sunday told PREMIUM TIMES the allegations against his principal were false and fabricated.

“If there is any saint in this country, it’s Mr. Oronsaye,” Mr. Duru said. “He is the one who initiated civil service reforms in this country. He also made recommendation to the EFCC to probe activities of the federal civil service.

“You can take it from me that Mr. Oronsaye can never be involved in anything fraudulent. Those allegations were all fabricated. There is no truth in them.

“I can assure you that Mr. Oronsaye has done no wrong. If anything he deserves commendation and respect from everyone in this country for his selfless service to the nation.”

Mr. Duru promised to reach out to Mr. Oronsaye to enable him to provide a more robust response to PREMIUM TIMES’ enquiry on Monday.

But rather than do this, Mr. Duru tried to preempt our story by procuring Emmanuel Onwubiko, who runs an Abuja-based NGO, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, to circulate a press statement suggesting that this newspaper was being used by some interest groups to witch-hunt Mr. Oronsaye.

It is unclear why an organization, that claims to defend human rights and promote accountability would scramble to defend the alleged massive loot of public funds by the former head of service.


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  • arewethishopeless

    Transformation at its best …

    • Mohstone

      You have not seen its best yet until you voted for the “Corruption Transformer” come 2015 so that he will finish the good job he started.

  • amazing2012

    Money in every corner and Thieves everywhere in a nation with poverty in every place. Now those inducted will be set free or rewarded for national service.

    • Mohstone

      For sure. You will soon see them with OON, OFR and all those funny merit awards.

  • Solaside

    Please charge him to court and if found guilty, collect every kobo back (at least as much as you can get back) and a long jail term.

    • Mohstone

      Who will charge him to court ??? This one na chicken change na !!! As if you have forgotten all the mammoth loots that have taken place under this insensible regime ???

  • Jones

    saTAN group of Nigeria is campaigning for four more years of corruption. Four more years of impunity, oil theft, cover-ups, fraternity with terror sponsors, kidnapping for ransomed, more borrowings and federal debts, more jet leasing and purchasing scandals, and more international ridicule. Can Nigeria survive another 4 years of incompetence and directionless leadership?

    • Mohstone

      No we cant survive it. Its beyond the pale.

  • True Nigerian

    In no other country with 150 million people will this kind of mindless and bottomless litany of economic and political rape continue to happen without an uprising that will result in traumatic repercussions for those that perpetrate it. To hell with this country! To hell with the st*pid people of this country! To hell with the id*otic voters who think they are punishing someone else by constantly voting for corrupt beasts and animals in the name of leaders. There is simply no hope for this country unless there is a drastic change in 2015. Nigerians deserve the horrendous state of existence in which they are living. In fairness, it is what the people of this country deserve for their sheer st*pidity. If you open the books on Army expenditure, you will find worse stinking cesspit of stealing that will make this one look like a joke. If you open the books on the political portfolios of most people that are close to the Presidency and the governors, you will find something worse or similar to this. Yet, somehow, Nigerians in their repulsive stup*dity, think that the country will ever amount to anything. It is impossible. No nation that is bleeding in this way will have enough fluid in its veins. It is only a matter of time before this whole edifice of falsehood and self deceit comes down crashing and crushing all of us for refusing to be honest for once with our selves.

    • Tunsj

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. There will be no uprising in Nigeria because most of us are TIMID AND SELFISH.

      • Braun

        Go to Egypt and see if u want uprising.

        • Mohstone

          So because of Egypt we should fold our arms abi???

    • bello s-fulani

      This is the first sensible comment about the Nigerian reality that I have come across for a very very long time. I do share your views 100%.

    • antonym

      I share your sentiments, this is horrendous.

  • Nkem Nkem

    Wow premiumtimes this Earth shaking in a serious country…Anyway Steve Oronsaye is serial treasury looter and Classical money Launderer since Abacha days. Oya EFCC what are u waiting for or Is he above d law

  • True Nigerian

    By the way, someone has to say a big well done to Premium Times for such high quality of investigative expose. I am saying it – well done, Premium Times. Part of Nigeria’s greatest undoing is the near absence of a redoubtable press and the overwhelming proliferation of “brown envelop” journalism which is as despicable as the evil it exists to guard against. But Premium Times is obviously a sign of hope in an otherwise hopeless country.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      True Nigerian, I join you in saying a BIG THANK YOU to PT.

    • Patricia

      Well done premium times, am sure d Print media could have settled for a BROWN ENVELOPE rather that this revealstion may GOD save Nigeria

  • Damian Kanyi

    Premium Times:

    May God bless you and bless the home of each journalist in your organization.
    You are staunch defenders of the truth and therefore you will see the face of God.
    With Nigeria being stolen away, other journalists choose to join and cover up the thievery.
    Those useless journalists in Nigerian newspapers want cash under the table to help cover up.
    But you refuse to follow that sinful path of evil by preferring honour to anything else. Well done!

  • the truth

    this man deserves to be boiled in hot water, with onions, maggi cube and salt sprinkled on him.

    • antonym

      U go kill me here…well, I get the sense.

  • michael

    This is shocking hé should be taken to court

  • Public Tribune


    “We are overdue for a revolution. If you are afraid of revolution, maybe you have
    something to be afraid of. What is wrong with us having a revolution here in Nigeria?

    Unless of course, you belong to those who are stealing government money,
    or you have something to hide, then of course you should be afraid of revolution.”

    “After the revolution, there is what we call revolutionary justice; the revolutionaries will get you
    and shoot you. There are many people whom if we shoot Nigeria, will become a better place.
    In fact, if the revolutionaries can shoot dead just 500 corrupt people, Nigeria will be a much better place,

    and, God will forgive the revolutionaries for the bloodbath.”

    ….…….Dr. Junaid Mohammed (Kano)
    March 17, 2013
    (Nation newspaper)

  • By popular demand

    There are many people whom if we shoot, Nigeria will become a better place.
    In fact, if the revolutionaries can shoot dead just about 500 corrupt people,

    Nigeria will be a much better place, and, God will forgive the revolutionaries
    for the bloodbath.”

    ….…….Dr. Junaid Mohammed (Kano)
    March 17, 2013
    (Nation newspaper)

    • Bigzy

      Agreed. I recommend Junaid Mohammed as the first candidate for this rough justice.

  • colinas

    A Nigerian Judge will fine him =N=100,000 and that will be it. Chikena!

  • Seemeseetrouble

    “It is no secret now that Nigerians hate their rulers; but when Nigerian “prayer warrior” masses now

    start to curse and pray for the death of their rulers, then there is a crisis. There is always euphoria

    and jubilation whenever a member of the Nigerian “thiefocratic class”; i.e.; President, Governor, Senator,

    House of Rep member, Minister or local government chairman, dies”.

    “When the plane of Governor Danbaba Suntai’s of Taraba State crashed, i placed a call to several friends i consider
    somewhat “God-fearing” and decent. The first response i got from each and every one of them is ‘make them all die,
    we are praying for the next one to die’. Surely there is justifiable un-precedented hatred for the ruling class,
    like never before in the history of the country.”

    …………………Paul Omoruyi
    (December 30, 2012)

  • danladi

    Ha!!!!! This is not corruption, it is called stealing by public officers.

    • Mohstone

      Yes … In Jona’s dictum mere stealing is not corruption.

  • Chris1408

    Corruption, corruption, corruption. These people are stealing with impunity. With all this money in Nigeria, nobody should be suffering. We should have world class hospital in every city. Yet, with all our wealth, we don’t have a single hospital in the country. No wonder none of these thieves stay in Nigeria.

  • Eric B.Thomas

    At this rate of banditry it is a matter of time before the full horrors of official thefts
    manifest in Nigeria. The affairs of 170 million people can’t be run like this.
    Already, budgets fail and staff salaries are epileptic in the 36 states where
    staff utility loans have been cancelled for the same reasons.

    Poverty deepens as stolen money crowds out legitimate income by creating artificial
    demand at higher prices. As treasury looting progresses the few utilities left
    in the country will soon fall into dis-repair.

    No pool of funds is set aside in any of the 36 states for maintenance of hurriedly built
    sub-standard infrastructure. All public funds are now prone to thefts. There’s no
    governance going on in Nigeria since no state Governor ever produced an annual
    statement of account. Election is not the solution to this type of organized
    crime in the name of government. A revolution is the solution to official thefts.

    • goddey

      I agree totally with u. Honestly, without a revolution, that country is totally doomed!

    • Chris1408

      Totally agree with revolution. Unfortunately the outcome of a revolution is never predicted. Most times it gets hijacked by people with a different interest. The solution to Nigeria problem is not easy. Actually there’s total decay in every aspect of the country. Maybe a revolution in the minds of average Nigerian might be a starting point.

      • faruk

        Mr Chris,with all this,you may still go ahead and say Jonathan simply because he is Christian or from the south .until we c beyond sentiment,they will forever continue to milk us dry. Open your eyes!!! In what way would jonathan’s looting, Sambos looting,or Orasenye’s etc looting going to affect you positively.It is Them and their children. Do we have a Muslim or Christian Poverty? A northern or southern poverty?Shine your eyes!!!

        • Chris1408

          I agree with you my fellow countryman, however how do you control a revolution? Look at Libya, Syria and Ukraine, it’s worse than before. Look at Iran, they tried unsuccessfully because the people were not together. Nigerians need orientation. There’s total decay in the country.

          • Mohstone

            Iran’s revolution was a great success. Dont count it as a failure please.

      • Wale Reze

        I support the revolution of the mind too, violent physical revolution may actually be hijacked by another set of these same people masquerading for Nigeria’s emancipation from the current lot.

        Revolution of the mind, I like how you put it.

  • True Nigerian

    With these horrifying and monumental thefts, Tony Elumelu is still trying to blindly preach to his idi*otic compatriots that Nigeria cannot complete world class hospitals unless the country sells the medical welfare of Nigerians to greedy animals like him in the Private Sector. Sometimes, I ask God why I was born a Nigerian or why he is so slow in permitting a gruesome judgement day (not in heaven, but here in Nigeria in my lifetime) for the rulers of this horrible space called a country.

  • Chukwuma

    He just need to join PDP to be free. Steal like Femi Fani Kayode, join PDP you will be free. Kill like Asari and Ali Sherriff, join PDP you will get big pipe contracts in billions, and billions in your account to fight the governor in your state. Fly with jet, and be a living death, provided that you are in PDP your wife and friends will be using government house as their personal belonging. Steal 20 Billion dollars oil money provided you are in PDP and can open your skirt for Oga at the top, you will be short listed for the post of OPEC secretary general. May GOD destroy all those thieves stealing from the bloods of the ordinary Nigerians, and charging them N65 per ATM withdrawals.

    • Mohstone

      AMEN AMEN AMEN !!!

  • Salvage Naija

    Intrigues. Hmmm. It’s only in Nigeria that we use the media to prosecute. The independence of Nigeria Financial Intelligence Agency will solve all these madness. I can’t laugh o but some of us understand Welllla!!!!?
    Chai!!!! Deris is God o! Welcome to the new world of corruption demolition in Nigeria. The New Nigeria Intelligence Agency to be launched very soon with new management and a proper cleansing.

    • Bode

      @SalvageNaija, “Corruption will be fought well when Oronsaye is appointed d BOSS of ur so called New Intelligence Agency” hahaha. Let him clear his name before diverting our attention. Premium times Good Job.

      • Salvage Naija

        If Steve Oronsanye is guilty as alleged, may God make him pay for it. There are capable Nigerians that will run my so called Nigeria Financial Intelligence Agency better than all the crap we have at the moment. The only prayer I have for Nigeria is that, May God punish anyone supporting, encouraging and image laundering corrupt officials in Nigeria. May all the media houses aiding and suppressing the truth share in their punishment. May All those in the anti-corruption agencies aiding corruption and corrupt individuals working at this agencies suffer the plight of the poor masses in Nigeria be it Oronsanye or anyone that God can see. All I know is that the timing is so great as usual but we shall all celebrate the super agency if we get the right hands on deck.

    • Nigeria Warrior

      Which New Financial Intelligence Agency? Is the one Orosanye is preparing to become the Chairman? He drafted the bill for your ” new agency” !!!!! Ha! Ha! New agency ke…

      • Salvage Naija

        How can Oronsanye become the Chairman? Lol!!! I guess all those opposed to it come from the useless and toothless Efcc. Maybe that’s what’s Larmode is selling to gullible people that Oronsanye drafted and wants to be the Chairman. He he he he he he. For the enemies of progress it’s getting the president’s signature. It has passed the senate et al. May God make the agency succeed with God fearing Nigerians that will selflessly work for the masses. May thunder fire anyone that does not want the end of corruption in Nigeria. Anyone that supports corruption, may God let them all die a painful death. Enough is enough. People should put personal interest aside and wish the country well. A brand new Nigeria Financial Intelligence Agency with the best management is here to stay. Watch this space.

        • Nigeria Warrior

          Also wanted the EFCC merged to scuttle any investigation. Wants to chair the socalled new Financial Intelligence Unit so he can monitor his stolen billions. Why are you biting the finger that fed you? Eh….why?

          • Salvage Naija

            Very funny. Those who have a lot to hide are already wetting their pants right now. I guess the senate did not buy that line of him trying to monitor his stolen billions, hence the reason they passed that crucial bill. When people want to fight dirty to cover their tracks especially an anti corruption agency selling stolen crude oil, taking bribes from pension thieves that runs into billions, intimidating law makers, selling stolen and recovered assets, will do anything to cover their tracks. This time around, it’s just too late. There is a lot to come and all will be exposed very soon. Awon olé onijekuje abaluje rederede. Asiri yin matu ni gbogbo agbaiye.

          • Nigeria Warrior

            The EFCC is Africa’s top anti-corruption agency, with some of the most impeccable and incorruptible officers. They have dismissed corrupt officers and even sent some to jail. The new financial intelligence agency is meant to weaken the EFCC in its gallant war against corruption. Nigerians should resist this move and save the country from billionaire civil servants living off the pensions of civil servants dead and living. Salvage Naija you are on the wrong side.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Under former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime EFCC and ICPC would take and act on this auditor general indictment of Stephen Oronsaye’s tenure as former head of civil service of the Federation.But under PDP-president Ebele Jonathan’s watch nothing will happen as corruption crimes deepen on Ebele Jonathan’s watch.Nigeria is dying as a nation gradually and needs urgent rescue in order to stop corruption virus from consuming Nigeria nationhood.

    • Braun

      Yaradua was president at the time, blame the dead man pls.

      • Raji Bello

        The report is for 2005 -2010 but the theft happened in 2009 and 2010 when Oronsaye was Head of Service. And in 80% of that time Jonathan was acting President/President. Read the story again pls.

      • Daniel

        Yes, it has nothing to do with pres. Jonathan. Yaradua appointed Oronsaye, guess d looting was done when he was bedridden and left Nig under d clutch of d Cabals

        • Chris1408

          Anyone supporting GEJ and his administration is brain dead or probably is not in Nigeria. GEJ and his administration are absolutely corrupt beyond redemption. GEJ was part of Yar Adua administration and probably GEJ administration because Yar Adua Was sick before he was president. This Otuoke drunk is actually on his second term

    • Steven

      Hey you are talking about two different regimes here. Under Obasanjo government, yes this is corruption, but under our current abled dynamic leader, Goodluck Jonathan, this is mere stealing. Be guided

    • the truth

      so from 2005-2010 when this theft occured jonathan was president. i guess u need to enter social studies class again or better still wikipedia nigerian presidents. to educate you again. from 2005-2007 obasanjo was president. from 2007 to 2010 yaradua was president. it wasn’t under jonathans watch dr pat

      • Raji Bello

        The report is for 2005 -2010 but the theft happened in 2009 and 2010 when Oronsaye was Head of Service. And in 80% of that time Jonathan was acting President/President. Read the story again pls.

  • Ette

    Government of the thieves for the thieves and by the thieves. This is PDP for you. Let the people rise and say NO to this inhuman corruption level through bloodless revolution against all the corrupt officials and forcing them to return all that they have stolen. May God treat them and their supporters the way they are treating Nigerians.

    • Wale Reze

      This is not a PDP thing sir, ALL Nigerian political parties including APC, APGA, LP, politicians, public office holders etc are complicit in this corruption of a thing. To be factual it is a national disaster!!!

  • the truth

    due process must be taken in this case.

  • The Revolutionary


    Nigerians are now totally in bondage. The people of the country are captured. Official oligarchs steal
    the country blind. There are no credible forums to bring thievish government officials to justice.
    Faced with similar crisis in France, the French people decided that the retributory justice warranted for

    such rogue officials is death by the guillotine. The French quickly formed revolutionary committees and

    beheaded their own corrupt officials in Paris.

    Nigerian youths must form revolutionary committees in each local government to decide
    the punishment for Nigeria’s own roguish officials. Nigeria should not exempt itself

    from the currents of progress in history. Progress begins by insistence that no man shall

    oppress or exploit another man in a democracy. State assets are not anyone’s private property.

    • Engineer Fabo

      Dear Editor,

      Please give me space in your reputable website to express my concurrence with the following true panacea: –

      “Nigerian youths must form revolutionary committees in each local government to decide
      the punishment for Nigeria’s own roguish officials. Nigeria should not exempt itself
      from the currents of progress in history. Progress begins by insistence that no man shall
      oppress or exploit another man in a democracy. State assets are not anyone’s private property.”

  • the truth

    this offense is highly unaceptable. but due process must be taken. for now he stands accused and as such should let us know where the money is or let us know his side of the story. if sufficient evidence is provided he should face the law of the land.people calling for revolution and violence although i understand your reasoning it is highly uncalled for.violence has no place in Nigeria.

  • Godson

    Mr or Mrs The Truth:

    Please, are you alright at all? I don’t think so. Where did you learn your own equities?
    Is equality not equity under the law and even under any rule of common sense?
    What due process did James Ibori give Delta state people before robbing them?

    What due process did Depriye Alameighsia give Bayelsa state people before eloping with funds?
    What due process did Cecilia Ibru give Oceanic Bank depositors before robbing them blind?
    What due process did Sanusi Lamido Sanusi give Nigerians before frittering away 650b Naira?
    You now come here to ask the victims to accord human rights to roguish animals robbing them, not so?

    • the truth

      so u are calling for break down of law and order, people should take up arms and kill him and the looters? is that what you are implying? in as much as i feel distraught at this embezzlement of public funds i would never preach violence. Anything that would bring about death of more poor people should be frowned at. what we should do now is fight against this been swept over. ibori is in prison, ibru lost half of her assets and is still loosing more, as for sanusi his emirship has given him so much cover, which is wrong. alameighsia served some time. read my lips right, i support you in every way to get back this money back but not through violence.

  • OneNja

    @The truth, i hope ur due process does not mean “DUE COVER-UP”. I just pray that Nigerians from both Muslims and Christians background would under stand that when this people are looting our treasury both of them are united against d Common Man. So d Oronsanyas are not different jo.

    • the truth

      bro if anyone should be alarmed for this looting it should be more. my land has been polluted by oil exploration with no meaningful input for 54 years now. my people can’t fish there livelihood destroyed, no water, the waters are polluted. and to see that our oil money is syphoned by this man and his cohorts calls for his head, but as i said earlier i would not support a violent way to get this back, we should let due process role out

      • Wale Reze

        Sorry to burst your bubble but while Nigeria majorly generates forex through crude oil, it is not the only source of income to her. Before 1963 when crude oil was discovered in Oloibiri what was Nigeria been sustained with?? Exports of cash crops from other regions.
        Besides your fellow Southerners are complicit in this oil money embezzlement you loudly proclaim with none having a meaningful company or job creation venture in the creeks e.g. Asari Dokubo, who has a football team, hotels, houses, secondary and university in Republic du Benin.
        A sensible person would invest all these things in the South to generate jobs and create wealth for his people but the way we Nigerians reason is quite different.
        This is not about the Southern region alone although I accept and commiserate the pains you feel, it is really about this great entity called Nigeria. Kind regards.

        • the truth

          in bringing 1963 into consideration, you should also know the population was less than 30 million then. When you say southerners are complicit i do agree with you, but it is on record that 96% of oil wells and blocks are owned mostly by northerners and westerners. if you don’t know the ongoing in the creeks, this presidents give oil wells as form of gratitude. remember abdusallami before he left office he gave the bonny light installation in finima to danjuma, that is just one case study. but most of this leases would expire in august 2015 and many forces are threatened that since jonathan’s body language is looking like ending those leases they have sought to make sure he is not reelected. that should not get people like asari dokubo off the hooks, but if u were in there shoes what would you do, these northereners take your oil through exploration in your ancestral land, dont employ the youths, degrade the environment and use the military to intimidate you, you would be forced to do the need be to get a piece of your fathers wealth.stay blessed sir

          • Wale Reze

            You are equally very right…. *Sighs*
            So what do you propose Nigeria does to end this issue of widespread corruption, unequal distribution of wealth among citizens and movement for self rule/management of resources by indigenes??

          • igboham

            I am glad you asked – Dissolve the union. It cannot be reformed.

          • Wale Reze

            Hmmm…. Plausible, but I hope you realize that won’t be the end of the troubles as even the smaller states would be hijacked by these same set of guys at the heads of governments.
            Hence it would revert to the same old story of subverting the common man and keeping him illiterate and in poverty so as not to usurp the status quo. Therefore I am not fully sure dissolving the union is the answer.

          • igboham

            Wale – you are speculating about the unknown – the future. lets try it instead of allowing fear to paralyze every one from doing anything. Thanks.

          • Wale Reze

            You are welcome sir, I say thank you too for a positive, matured and informative discussion. God bless Nigeria and its comprising ethnic groups!!

        • redeem

          was Nigeria sustained with cocoa———-did the south west even share the revenue from their coca with any in the SS————–‘ Name one road project that was undertaken with money from cocoa in the Niger delta————————-or the entire SS———-but when it got to our turn the entire 36 state decided to depend on our resources————–we have been feeding more than 170m Nigerians for over 60yrs———-yet they are never grateful———————-all we get in return for the use of my oil revenue are insults from drug addicts like tinubu———————-in APC—————–go and take the census of Niger deltans in the SS working in the oil industry———————u will commit suicide if care is not taken————————give us resource control u say-no—————abrogate the land use degree u align with the fulanis to say no–fine what about the petroleum act————naaaaa————–all these degrees were enacted by Obj ——-a yoruba man to protect the fulani north

          • Wale Reze

            You’re rambling at the rate of speed of light bros, this is an intellectual discourse where personal/tribal attacks and unfounded beer parlour talks are not permitted.
            If you can not be cogent, precise and unbiased then perhaps feel free to try the next thread. Regards.

        • Zarto Ali

          Sensible, unbiased and intelligent comment

  • Godson

    In my own opinion i think Nigeria is today the world’s most un-civilized country.
    There is no other country in the world where official thieves live comfortably
    in the neighbourhood and in peace with the people of the country – who are victims of the thefts.
    It is a very un-civilized behaviour to harbour treasury thieves in one’s neighbourhood without harming them.
    Until Nigerians stop being local and daft, nothing will stop the raft of officials in government from stealing.

  • abujakenneth

    Crucify him. He must be jailed. That is how they are stealing our money

    • redeem

      my oil revenue not yr money

  • trippi

    Welcome to Naija..

    • Ahoy Seadog

      “If we have a kind of Jehu revolution – where the worshippers of Baal and the
      worshippers of the altar of greed were all dealt with, as it also happened in
      Ghana – there may be some hope there.”

      ……………Pastor Tunde Bakare
      January20, 2013

      • redeem


        • Nwokolo

          At least the so called 53 suit cases were smuggled into the country not out of the country?

          • redeem

            its even worst cause______there was a change of currency in the country–put on your thinking cap for-once——————–the idea was to give them a head start—————————————the banks had no naira—————-despite all that u had in the bank–u go home with 100 naira———and here comes a man with 53 suit cases—————-how many are u allowed to carry in an aircraft——————-perhaps 60 bag monkey———————-and an Ibo man is happy over such abi–aware of yr mod-us operand i————————–in business sha

          • Nwokolo

            its even worst… its even worse. Am an Igbo man not Ibo. The same way you people had a head start by confisicating our properties in Port Harcourt and others after the war. Mtcheeww. Redeem(s) noone is taking you guys serious on this platform cos u have a lot of responses to do and most time you end up confusing issues.

          • Bigzy

            Are you sure that you are Igbo at all? The last false Igbo we outted was Wahala. In the end he claimed to be of three ethnic origins. How this was possible onjy god knows, bearing in mind the fact that you have one father and one mother biologically.
            Concerning abandoned properties,we have never been I a more auspicious position to effect a resolution. Shameless dabblers with political agenda will do all they can to poison th atmosphere.

          • Bigzy

            Smuggling money into a country causes inflation. This increases prices and reduces the value of the money in your pocket. You might need a person with some knowledge of economics to explain this to you.

  • sadiq

    Corruption by public officers is no longer a news in Nigeria.
    Some people, especially, the Anti Corruption agencies and Senators/Members of the NASS, will be happy with the revelation cos they can quizz him and get their share.
    May God help us.

  • Ayo Yussuff

    Chei!!! that is why he no like Ribadu!!!

  • Rike

    Stolen wealth can never become legitimate property under any theory of law.
    It does not matter when the Nigerian treasury was stolen – whether on October 1, 1960,
    or, only just yesterday, all stolen wealth remain illegal under the laws of Nigeria.

    That means whenever Nigerians feel able to free themselves from stolen wealth
    and its insulting effects, to begin to live in a clean society, Nigerians have the full authority
    of the law to physically move against all stolen property in the country, even if the stolen
    property has been passed to the children of official thieves under a will,
    it is still illegitimate wealth which is still liable to seizure by Nigerians.

  • Mahmoud Lawal

    Never a saint from day one. More like a sheep in a wolf’s clothing.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    What about, Maina and Faroukgate. Tell us more

    • redeem

      are they in jail———-or prison

      • BlackieUmukoro

        No, they are in Freedom
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • redeem


    • Jesus a servant of God

      With this monumental stealing by Steve Orosanya (an active Church goer) does it mean he has Hausa Fulani blood,since according to Redeem the bad administrators in Naija are them?

  • Uzoma

    But why, just why would a normal human being want to steal this much money?

    • redeem

      because we have awooooooooooooooooof oil revenue————————————–so everybody must steal–except those of us from the SS

  • Osa Ogie

    Never pass judgement until you hear from both or all parties.

  • Jimmy

    Oronsaye dem are d kind of people wey dey give our president Bad name. Mr president will surely allow rule of law to prevail

    • True Nigerian

      Is somebody else giving the President a bad name or does he already have a bad name of his own? If it is about corruption, what other bad name does the President need when he is already bad enough on his own without any other person’s contribution?

      What other bad name can anybody give a President that comes on live national television to bully the entire country with his ridiculous determination to resist justified calls for the sack and prosecution of a heavily corrupt and serially indicted Minister like Alison Diezani-Madueke?

      Nigeria’s greatest problem is the poor thinking of its people. That problem rears its ugly face again in the thought pattern advertised in your comment.

  • Justice for Nja

    Am not surprise, Steve Oronsaye has been in the Corridors of Power since Abacha day, He was in d villa wd Obasanjo for Eight years, He was part of the Yaradua Cabal as Head of Service. Who knows part of d loot was used to service d activities of the Cabal….Mr President take action.

  • Enough

    Hahahaha no wonder Oronsaye recommended the Merger of EFCC inorder to. “Cover and MERGE” his criminal Past.

  • Ashibogu

    Nothing new under the Sun. Na normal service. The question is simple. How much does a man need? I begin to wonder if Nigerian political office holders have a mental problem. 80% of houses in Abuja were built with stolen funds. Money meant for water and sanitary provisions as well as health care services are frittered away on irrelevancies. Many Nigerians cannot go to school because of lack of funds yet our leaders continue to swim in stolen state funds. Little wonder our nation is first among nations with a huge army of illiterates. The question again, how much does a man need?

  • Olalere Yusuf

    The man is free as long as he belongs to the “Right Party” or has the right connections. Several others across the tribal and religious divides are enjoying their loot, being rewarded by their tribes and towns, even defended by the Imampreneurs and Pastorpreneurs in mosques and churches. Nigeria we wail thee.

  • Truth

    Please ask Efcc why they have again decided to plant an allegation again prior to the House of rep public hearing about the the removal/autonomy of an arm of efcc called the Nigerian Financial Intelligence unit. This unit is the sole area of collating suspicious transactions and reports of money laundering. The various agencies abroad have restricted Nigeria’s access to their data because of the internal corruption at the efcc and they have mandated that the Nfiu should be independent so as to serve the various anti corruption agencies in Nigeria like the efcc, icpc, Nigerian police, dss etc. Their concern is because of the corrupt practices within the efcc itself. The egmont group of financial Intelligence units locked Nigeria out of their system the day Lamorde decided to go and remove the DG of NFIU Ms Juliet Ibekaku and destroyed various corruption files. 2 days after, Lamorde decided to invite Oronsanye because he felt that Oronsanye is backing Ibekaku but forgetting the requirement of the financial Action task force that delisted Nigeria from being High risk country and all the requirement for global practice of operational independence of the Nfiu. A night before the public senate hearing of the bill to make this unit independent, Larmode had tried to discredit Oronsaye. The bill was passed. He could not stop it. Now again in desperation they have spurn up these allegations again. If Oronsanye is found wanting, let them charge him to court and stop trying to raise a public outcry and deviate from the main crux of the matter and we forget a man is innocent until proven guilty throwing dirt is not doing your job, let EFCC go and do their job if they have prove of this allegations .

    • Kola

      My friend d issue here is d indictment by d AGF, don’t change d topic.

      • Salvage Naija

        The question you should be asking is simply why the so called allegations keeps appearing and disappearing Everytime the lower and upper house is involved in a particular issue that involves the independence of the Nigeria Intelligence Unit. Why can’t they charge the so called accused to court if they truly have the evidence? Why is no one not talking about the corruption within the Efcc, most especially the so called stolen crude oil that Efcc is selling? No one is changing the topic but God will help Nigeria whether we like it or not. If Oronsanye is guilty, May God punish those who are not willing to charge and prosecute him. If these stories are deliberately planted to smear him, may God punish those responsible and aiding them.

  • redeem

    @Wale Reze—–was Nigeria ever sustained with money from cocoa———-did the south west even share the revenue from their coca with any in the SS-?——–The SW only used their wealth to help the fulanis in the north to pay the wages of their civil servants—–period———–‘ Name one road project that was undertaken with money from cocoa in the Niger delta————————-or the entire SS———-but when it got to our turn—— the entire 36 state decided to depend and play politics with our oil resources—from 1 percent to 13 percent–whereas they enjoyed 100 percent—revenue at source—–yet they say them do not want us in aso rock————fine so allow us go-abi——–u say naaa———————————we remain chained to yr greedy apron strings–in 9ja—–we have been feeding more than 170m Nigerians for over 60yrs———-yet they are never grateful———————-all we get in return for the use of my oil revenue are insults from drug addicts like tinubu———————-in APC—————–go and take the census of Niger deltans in the SS working in the oil industry———————u will commit suicide if care is not taken————————give us resource control u say-no—————abrogate the land use degree——- u align with the fulanis to deny us that also——- what about the petroleum act————naaaaa————–all these degrees were enacted by Obj ——-a yoruba man to protect the fulani north-oil was discovered in 1957———-exportation activities of my crude oil started in 1960———————its awooooooooooooooof oil revenue that will kill the tripod——————-all these ongoing noise by APC is about the control of my oil wells———————in the SS————while dogs like amaechi serve the interest of the the tripod——————————in d name of their bonded one 9ja—–for them not those of us-from d creeks——–animals

  • Rogbodiyan

    “Nigeria is no longer a country. It is not a country where people can live

    to survive. Nigeria is a place ruled by criminals and thieves,

    as well as by those who believe in plundering and looting.”

    …….. Mbazulike Amaechi (Nigeria’s first Minister of Aviation)
    [September 14th, 2014]

    • redeem

      where are the 18 planes he left for Nigeria—who bought them——————-tell us the names of those whom el rufai sold Nigeria Airways to–are they from the SS————————–he also said something else———time for us to start practicing true federalism—————————we cannot continue to rob Ebi ati Alams in the SS to settle the wages of Adamu FIKA ati el rufai——————————————–

  • Richard

    Why should anyone be bothered by this report. According to the President’s definition , this is just mere stealing from the government .

  • Joseph Coker

    @Premium Times! Now that the Office of the Auditor-General has disclaimed your report, why don’t you make a huge story out of it as well. Talk about A Mission to taint the character of an innocent man.

  • Joseph Coker

    I find it quite curious that the report covered the period 2005 to 2010, yet nothing in your write up touches on the period leading to 2009 when Oronsaye assumed office as Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

  • Dr Patrick Kolawole Awosan

    If there is still active and transparent president of Nigeria like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in office, EFCC would have by now urgently act on the auditor-general’s report and commence investigation and prosecution of chief Stephen Oronsaye on the Auditor-General’s indictment.Anti-corruption agencies are iddle and quiet to various corruption cases as the president Ebele Jonathan encourages EFCC not to take any prompt action, to investigate prosecute and confiscate of Stephen Oronsaye’s property and bank accounts along with other co-cospirators in the scams while he was still the head of civil service.But Oronsaye is very close to president Ebele Jonathan and from his ethnic region hence,Ebele Jonathan, would remain mute.The most corrupt-ridden and corrupt practices facilitator in Nigerian presidency.

  • Gran puba

    Everybody, please refer to a massive disclaimer by the same Auditor General as carried by The Guardian of Sept 22. Is this a hatchet job by Premium or you guys have beef with Oronsaye. Hope you have enough money in your pocket to get yourselves out this one in court.