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EFCC: Oronsaye not arrested, but was invited over petition against him

imageThe news of the arrest of the former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr. Steve Oronsaye by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has been been found to be ruse after all. It was reliably gathered that the former HOS was actually invited by the commission which he honorably honoured on Wednesday. He was however said to have left the anti grafts agency’s office after he had provided information on an alleged petition to the commission. As at the time of writing this report, the former HOS we were told was in his residence as against the speculation that he was detained by the EFCC. A source close to Otonsanye said ‘the man man is an eminent person that would not want his name dragged into the mud hence he called at the commission to defend his name’
When contacted, the spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that Mr. Oronsaye was at the anti-graft agency.
Mr. Oronsanye who was appointed Head of the Civil Service of the Federation by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in June 2009, retired in November 16, 2010.
Since then he has continued to serve the country in various positions. For over 10 years now, he is the chairman of the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force [FATF] and was board member of both the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC] and the Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN].
Stephen Osagiede Oronsaye was born in Lagos on 16 November 1950. His parents were from Uhunmwonde and Oredo Local Council Areas in Edo State. Oronsaye trained with the firm of Peat Marwick Cassleton Elliot (1973–1978), and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1978. He became a Partner of the firm in 1989. He joined the Federal Ministry of Finance in December 1995, as Director, Special Duties. Oronsaye was responsible for the merger of the Administrative and Accounting functions of the offices of the State House, computerisation of processes and procedures of the State House, Personnel records, Accounts and Access controls for the offices.[1] According to Wikipedia, in 1999 Oronsaye was appointed Principal Private Secretary to President Olusegun Obasanjo, a position equivalent to Federal Permanent Secretary. He was confirmed as Permanent Secretary, State House, an unusual appointment since he was not a civil servant. In 2006, Oronsaye headed the committee on the review of the Civil Service Rules and Financial Regulations.He was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance on 20 August 2008.

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