Accused of corruption, Oronsaye granted permission to travel abroad for medical treatment

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

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday granted former Head of Service, HOS, Stephen Oransaye, permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The former HOS is standing trial on a 35-count charge bordering on money laundering and fraud.

He is standing trial alongside Osarenkhoe Afe, Global Services Limited, Cluster Logistics Limited, Kangolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited and Drre Investment and Construction Company Limited.

When the matter was called up for hearing, counsel to Mr. Oransaye, John Ochogwu, told the court that he had an application seeking permission for Mr. Oransaye to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Mr. Ochogwu prayed the court to release his client’s international passport to enable him secure visa to travel abroad for medical treatment and come back before April 25, the next adjourned date.

Although the prosecuting counsel, O. A. Atolagbe, did not oppose the application, he expressed displeasure about the absence of Afe and his counsel in court.

“Afe is a respondent in this case and I am surprised neither him nor his counsel is present in the court,” he said.

The judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, in a short ruling, granted Mr. Oransaye the permission to travel, saying it was predicted in Ochogwu’s plea that the defendant will be in court in the next adjourned date.

“Although the prosecution did not oppose the application and did not ask the court to revoke the bail of the defendant, I hereby order for the release of the defendant’s passport,” he said.

Responding to the prosecution’s surprise on the absence of Afe (2nd defendant) and his counsel, the judge said they had always been in court for the case.

Justice Kolawole, adjourned the case till April 25 for continuation of trial.



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  • amazing2012

    Since the new CJ assumed office, people with corrupt cases are having relief and escape route. Due think Oronsanya will come back?
    Within last two weeks, stolen money were released to suspect and many suspectsa were released to “travel” abroad for medical attention with the same stolen money.
    The CJ should take not that the world is watching and he will be remembered with how cases were handle during his tenure.

    • Sanssouci

      I think the answer to your question on whether or not oronsaye is coming back is obvious, “Mr. Ochogwu prayed the court to release his client’s international
      passport to enable him secure visa to travel abroad for medical
      treatment and come back before April 25, the next adjourned date”. Today is already gone assuming he got he passport back today, April 25th is 12 days from tomorrow which country’s visa can u secure within this time plus travel to and fro plus book doctor’s appointment, plus undergo the actual medical treatment? Haba judge…

      • Elue Chibs

        Of course he still has a diplomatic passport

    • NwaIgbo

      Oronsanya has escaped and will not come back just like Diezenni will not come back.

    • share Idea

      When GEJ was in power, people that were granted bail were labelled as being secured by GEJ. However, now that your messiah is there, the problem is with judiciary. Can you people ever hold Buhari accountable?

      • amazing2012

        No! because he believed so much in independence of other arms of government. Also he refuses to confirm the CJN but you guys come out in mass to protest. At his absence, the “corrupt mercy” CJ was confirmed and even praises and credit were attributed to the VP.
        So just few weeks after the confirmation of the CJN, the nation has lost many high corrupt cases and money return to the thieves.

  • Salim

    Buhari’s corruption WAR, a farce

  • Du Covenant

    Everything we do in Nigeria does not follow any logic. Why should this man be allowed to go for medical treatment abroad?.Nigeria is in the current mess because our civil service have stolen the country dry. Politicians and other leaders come and go but, civil servants remained in their respective positions thereby perfecting the art of stealing from the public treasury. Nigeria today has no education, healthcare or agriculture policy thanks to the thieving civil servants. If the Nigerian civil service had done the needful, we would have had 21st century infrastructure in place, sound educational, social security, healthcare policies in place but, they stole all the money away and we are left with nothing to show for. He should be made to go through the healthcare system they did not see the need to built maybe in his next life he will be more considerate in his level of greed!.

  • NwaIgbo

    Escape route for the criminal? So rich connected criminals don’t go to jail in Nigeria.
    As a matter of urgency and fairness, release Nnamdi Kanu with immediate effect for he has not stolen anything from Nigeria, so why still hold him.