Justice Anwuli Chikere, a Federal High Court judge currently presiding over the corruption case brought against former Interior Minister, Comrade Abba Moro has withdrawn from the matter, citing personal reasons.
Moro and three others, including the ministry’s permanent secretary, Anastasia Daniel-Nwaobia, a deputy director, as well as a company, Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd, are facing an 11-count charge of fraud, bothering on an alleged poor handling of the 2014 Nigerian Immigration recruitment exercise, levelled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
They are accused of defrauding 676,675 job seekers of N676,675,000 in an immigration recruitment exercise that led to the death of at least 20 young Nigerians.
In March, Justice Chikere granted Moro bail on self-recognition, and had adjourned the case to April 27 for trial.
In her ruling today, Justice Chikere referred the case back to the Chief Justice for reassignment.
“I am sending it back to the chief judge of the federal high court for reassignment on personal reasons,” Chikere said. “When it is reassigned, the prosecution can go after it.”
The amendment of the charge was, however suspended till a later date.