Document counters Auditor-General’s denial of report indicting Oronsaye for N123Billion Fraud

Steve Oronsaye and the damning report

PREMIUM TIMES challenges the Auditor-General to explain why he failed to forward the report to the National Assembly two years after, when he is constitutionally required do so within 90 days.

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The Auditor-General of the Federation, Samuel Ukura, lied in his claim that no audit report from his office indicted a former Head of the Civil Service, Stephen Oronsaye, over an alleged N123billion fraud perpetrated during his tenure, between 2009 and 2010, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today.

This newspaper had on September 15 reported how a team of auditors constituted by Mr. Ukura himself wrote a 169-page report indicting Mr. Oronsaye for allegedly presiding over a regime of sleaze during his tenure which led to the mismanagement of about N123billion of public funds.

But shortly after this paper published its story, the Auditor General’s office bought spaces in major Nigerian newspapers disowning the work done and the report written by his own staff.

In the widely circulated advertorial, he claimed there was no such report and that there was only “audit observation made by the audit team that conducted the audit exercise” — (whatever this means).

The Auditor-General, who appeared to have buckled under pressure from those desperate to suppress the report, also claimed that the so-called audit observation did not mention Mr. Oronsaye’s name nor did it indict him.

This newspaper is now making public the executive summary of the report, which clearly put a lie to all the claims made by the Auditor General.

Download the report here.

For one, the cover page of the document was entitled “Report of the Office of the Auditor-General on the Special Audit of the Accounts of the Civil Pensions For the Period 2005 – 2010 Financial Years”.

The document was a “Special Audit of Account”, and was never labelled “Audit Observation” as the Auditor-General is struggling to make the world to believe.

The report, which is a definite outcome of an investigation, arose from the work of a Special Audit Team constituted by the Auditor-General 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 -010, uncovered monumental financial irregularities, opaque transactions, irregular and abnormal running costs, and outright stealing and kick-backs at the Head of Service’s office, a trend said to have reached its zenith during the 18 months that Mr. Oronsaye served as Head of Service.

Although the auditors also uncovered financial irregularities during the tenure of his predecessors, the team found that it was during Mr. Oronsaye’s reign – between 2009 and 2010 – that the mismanagement of pension funds rose to an all-time high, with about N123billion of public funds unaccounted for.

In fact, contrary to the Auditor-General’s claim, the report clearly mentioned Mr. Oronsaye as having frustrated measures that would have allowed for some accountability in the administration of pension funds during his reign.

The report said on page 14: “The federal audit unit resident in the Establishment and Records office had been carrying out prepayment audit of pure federal retirees’ monthly pension and gratuities until August 2009, when the then Head of Service Mr. S. Orasanya (Orosanye) stopped further processing of pension payments in respect of pure federal retirees, as narrated by the then Auditor-in-charge, Mr. A. Eiyenla.”


This newspaper is in possession of documents showing how the internal auditor attached to his office, Oludare Medayedupin, repeatedly wrote to Mr. Oronsaye warning him of the financial mismanagement his office was perpetrating.

For instance, in March 2010, a frustrated Mr. Medayedupin wrote as follows:

“During the period of report (January 2010), directive was given (by Mr. Oronsaye) for the payment of the backlog of arrears of pensioners. The verification and clearance of the beneficiaries were conducted by the Accounts Unit, which had earlier prepared the list – thereby negating the principles of checks and balances.

“The verified vouchers for the arrears were not verified and audited before mandates were sent to the bank to effect payments, which was a clear violation of Financial Regulation 2011 and extant circular on government funds.

“After several write-ups on the need for compliance with financial regulation, payments of pensioners’ monthly pension are still being effected without auditing.”

But Mr. Oronsaye didn’t act on the auditor’s warning, and Mr. Medayedupin wrote the same kind of letter to him month after month. Those letters are part of the appendices attached to the report.

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A spineless Auditor-General

Section 85(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, empowers the Auditor-General of the Federation to audit and report on the public accounts of the Federation and of all Offices and Courts of the federation.

Similarly, section 85(4) of the Constitution stipulate that the Auditor-General shall have power to conduct periodic checks on all Government statutory corporations, commissions, authorities, agencies, including all persons and bodies established by an act of the National Assembly. Furthermore, Section 301 vests the Auditor-General with the power to audit the account of Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory.

In accordance to Section 85(5) of the 1999 Constitution, the Auditor-General shall, within 90 days of receipt of the Accountant General’s financial statement, submit his Report to each House of the National Assembly (The Senate and the House of Representatives) and each House shall cause the Report to be considered by a Committee of the House of the National assembly responsible for Public accounts.

Section 85(6) of the Constitution states that “in the exercise of his function under the Constitution, the Auditor General shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other authority or person”.

But by yielding to external pressure to suppress, and then disown a report by his own office, this Auditor-General has shown that he is a spineless, unprofessional official unfit for the position he has been given, said Musikilu Mojeed, PREMIUM TIMES managing editor, while reacting to Mr. Ukura’s action.

“These kinds of people are the reasons corruption is blossoming in this country,” Mr. Mojeed said. “He is a disgrace to his profession, to the department he heads and to this country whose progress is unfortunately being held down by monumental corruption.

“He should hide his face in shame because an Auditor-General who shields corruption is a present and permanent danger to his country, state or society.”

Mr. Mojeed challenged Mr. Ukura to tell Nigerians why he failed to forward the report to the National Assembly for consideration two years after his office completed work on it.

“The Constitution expects him to forward audit reports to the Public Accounts Committees of the National Assembly within 90 days of completing work on them. But this man has been sitting on this report since 2011. After we exposed it, he is shamelessly scrambling to cover up himself and his corrupt friends.”

Mr. Mojeed said his newspaper would remain unbowed by the “antics of characters like the Auditor-General. We will never shy away from our mission of holding individuals, corporations and governments accountable in our country, no matter whose ox is gored”.

Download Executive Summary of the Report of the Office of the Auditor-General on the Special Audit of the Accounts of the Civil Pensions For the Period 2005 – 2010 Financial Years here.

Read our story earlier story on the indictment of Mr. Oronsaye by the Auditor-General here.

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  • Dazmillion

    Thank you Mr. Mojeed. Well done

  • King Carlos

    Oga ooo.. too much stolen wealth. But what about the pension staff that stole billions of naira, we haven’t heard anything in a while.

  • Amazed

    HAAAA! This man is definitely an experienced thief. Both him and the auditor-general will pay dearly for robbing the people of this country, if not now, certainly later, if not here on earth, certainly in the hereafter….

  • the truth

    this should be investigated properly

  • Joe

    The truth of the matter is if u hav a report u should come up with facts for writing, the fact is the office of the auditor general has disclaim what u wrote about the former head of service, u should count ur self lucky that he has not sue u, pls stop being political in ur writing

    • dudu

      A lie may fly for a thousand years, but the truth will catch up with it in an instant second. If you put a lie to this well investigated report, it can only mean you are a sponsored troll and the blood of those who died waiting and queuing for their pensions will haunt you unless you change.

      • Wale Reze

        Amen!!!

    • Vin Kay

      If the Auditor General (his office) have liver in them, they should sue PT. Will they?. And what will it mean when they do not? Nna, dis govt don catch any thief before? Na padi, padi. Cover my back, I cover your own!

  • Fawe

    Mr. The Truth,

    Ha, ha, what is to be investigated again in this conclusive investigative report published?
    Nigerians love kicking the can down the road, hence the country worsens on all indices.
    Premium Times has documentary proof but the auditor-general relies only on his say-so.

  • dudu

    For investigating stories like this and practicing true journalism in pursuit of public interest, whether Nigerians know it or are unaware of it, may Premium Times always soar, ameen.

  • Phil

    Great job PT! Over the years a lot of dirty waters had passed under the bridge unnoticed for poor or lack of investigative journalist, who would be courageous enough to expose it, but its obvious u have got some guts. Keep it up! Some of us who can see beyond the barriers of sentiment are well behind you. Even if those who should prosecute these corrupt-wicked-selfish individuals deliberately refuse or continue to cover up, a time will come when there will be no hiding place for the wicked in this country as crime does not have an expiry date!

  • gymer

    i have read the executive summary published by PT and observed that Steve was accused of stopping the audit of prepaid pension expenses amounting to N52.944 billion. No reference to N123billion and there is no finding by the auditors that the un-audited prepaid expenses were not paid to pension retirees. I think PT was too sensational in its publication. Meanwhile kudos to PT for the investigative journalism and its courage to publish the part of the report.

  • redeem

    There are sponsored articles and politically motivated investigative—reports————————if u quote me and u are blacklisted the way redeem aka deri was blocked by sharia reporters ati punch na u sabi———————-Yes ooh——-as i was saying————-stealing in Nigeria now has tribal marks in the 6 zones of d country————————if not yoruba-then -ibo-ati Fulani—–gwaris do not steal sha————-meanwhile none of these major tribes ever goeth to prison- like alams ati ibori-via efcc————this story is also said to have had some inputs from the table of efcc———–i hear–from d grape vine–sha————–Mine is not based on any investigative zonalism—sha———– the ones from the SS—–as i said b4–actually went to prison—————————–soon it will be balogun ati bode george——————–nko—-? Only two since 1914——————————–till date——?—haba malam————–the first thief the British caught b4 handing over was from the fulani north–and related to sanusi–emir of kano– the other lived close to the residence of wahala———————like Davis I reserve the right not to mention his name—till he appears here with a different name—————————-until then let us send Jega——————-to efcc and annoint ribadu–to replace jega—for a change–since the 3 of them are fulanis——like kwankas-tambuwal —————-atiku at buhari—case closed—————animals

    • Ide4u

      Animals with much more senses than you and your uncle at the top.

      • redeem

        @wahala———————tell us about the history of yr regional leaders———————weho never became—————in spite of all the colleges of education–they attended in Akwa IBOM

  • ACTION MAN

    Oh we missed OBJ. He did look the other way or protect TAFA BALOGUN,, BODE GEORGE, FABIAN OSUJI, SUNDAY NATIONAL ID CARD SCAM, ALAMESEIGHA, and other sort of people when they were indicted for stealing. Lets see what President Jonathan will do about this.Its timee we get BUHARI in. This nonsense must stop.

    • redeem

      where are the fulani rogues–that he sent to jail——————————from the palace of the sultan of sokoto————as i said u will only mentioned bode George who was sent to jail be thief tinubu a certificate forger and never never obj-or ribadu—–get yr fact correct next time@wahala

  • Victory

    ….and yet some pigs are telling us Nigerians cannot have someone better than Jonah in 2015.

    • redeem

      yet some are telling me—the first thief the British caught before they left was not from the fulani north———————–ati the south east——–separation is the only answer————————————————————

  • Andy

    Im not surprise or shocked because if you see the estates and properties that these government officials own in Abuja, Dubai and South Africa you will know that N123 Billion nothing compared to what they actually stole from Nigeria.. Who will us from these vultures?

  • Can’t Care Lord

    Steve O! God don catch you! Roaming around the world claiming to fight money laundering in Nigeria, yet you clearly only wanted to just get control of the agency that would have exposed you and your corrupt nature. Ole! Thief! Your mates elsewhere are seeking forgiveness and getting ready to face God while you are looking for every board appointment available! Wetin you go tell your foreign and domestic acolytes now that you have been caught red handed?

  • Gran puba

    Its now obvious that PT is doing a hatchet job on Steve for his proposal to FGN which collapse EFCC into unit. Read this report and show me where Steve was indicted. Maybe I need to read this up side down. And moreover it was documented selectively. Pages are missing. PT be diligent in your reporting.

  • Preco01

    Frederick Adetiba thanks for your two-penny take on this matter. Those who should know better, better encourage this effort or forever shut up!