Federal High Court, Abuja has granted bail to the former Head of Service to the Federation, Stephen Oronsaye, who is standing trial before the court on a two count charge of corruption and obtaining money by false pretence.
Defence council to Oronsaye, Joe Agi earlier filed an application seeking his client’s bail. He told the court that the charges against his client former was bailable.
Agi argued that his client had never refused invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and has being in the EFCC custody from March 8 till date.
Orosanye through his counsel assured the court that he was determined to face trial so as to prove his innocence.
EFCC counsel , O. Uket, opposed the bail application on the ground that the charges for which the accused person was standing trial for attracts a punishment of 14 years.
The prosecutor in his argument said that the defendant was a former senior public service officer, who if admitted to bail could harass, intimidate and influence witnesses.
Justice O.O. Goodluck, in his ruling on the bail application, granted Oronsaye bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in the sum of N5 million, who must be Directors in the Federal Civil Service, either retired or still in service and must be resident in the Federal Capital Territory.
Justice Goodluck adjourned the case to 24 March 2016.