By Alex Enumah in Abuja
Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday granted former Head of Service (HoS), Stephen Oronsaye, who is currently facing fraud and money laundering charges, leave to travel abroad for routine medical check-up as well as the treatment of an undisclosed ailment.
Justice Kolawole gave the permission while ruling on an application brought by Oronsaye’s counsel, Kola Okeaya-Inneh, SAN, which sought the release of his international passport to enable him travel abroad for medical attention.
The former HoS and five others are facing an amended 35-count charge of corruption, fraud and money laundering proffered against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Oronsaye is charged along with Osarenkhoe Afe, Fedrick Hamilton Global Services Limited, Cluster Logistic Limited, Kangolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited, and Drew Investment & Construction Company Limited.
At the resumed hearing, the court was supposed to commence hearing of a trial-within-trial occasioned by an objection by counsel to the 2nd defendant, Oluwole Aladedoye, who had opposed an attempt by the prosecution to tender as exhibit the extra judicial statement of the 2nd defendant.
But Okeaya-inneh who stood in for the lead counsel to the defence, Kanu Agabi who was not in court drew justice Kolawole’s attention to an application dated 11th December, 2015 and filed same day, in which the 1st defendant is praying the court for the release of his international passport to enable him travel abroad for medical attention.
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