The immediate past Interior Minister, Abba Moro, Comrade Abba Moro has been remanded in Kuje prison custody by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday morning in connection to the 2014 Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment scam.
Moro was docked alongside three others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an 11-count charge bordering on obtaining ₦676.6 million from 676,675 job seekers in the fatal Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment exercise in 2014.
During the trial, Justice Anwuli Chikere, declared that Moro and his fellow accused persons be remanded in prison after pleading not guilty to the 11-count charge slammed on them by the anti-graft agency which bordered on obtaining by false pretence, procurement fraud and money laundering.
Justice Chikere, however granted an administrative bail to one of the defendant, Mrs. Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, who was a former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Interior (a nursing mother), while Moro and a Deputy Director in the ministry, Mr. F. O Alayebami were remanded in prison custody.
Part of the charges read: “One of the accused Mahmood Ahmadu(who is at large) in connivance with Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd, lavished the total of N423,800,000.00(Four Hundred and Twenty Three Million, Eight Hundred Thousand naira) part of the N676,675,000 (Six Hundred and Seventy Six Million, Six Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand Naira) gotten from the applicants on the following: the sum N202, 500, 000( Two Hundred and Two Million Five Hundred Thousand naira ) in purchase of a property in a choice area of the Federal Capital territory, N120, 100,000 (One Hundred and twenty Million One hundred Thousand Naira ) used in upgrading a property in Abuja, while the total of N101, 200, 000( One Hundred and One Million Two Hundred thousand Naira) was converted to United states dollars for personal use.”
Meantime, Justice Chikere has adjourned the case till next week Wednesday to consider whether or not the former Minister and his alleged accomplice should be released on bail pending their trial.