A Federal High Court in Abuja has discharged and acquitted Senator Abba Moro and two others in charges of fraud over the 2014 Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment exercise.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba on Thursday held that the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, failed to establish the allegation
of procurement fraud against the defendants.
Moro, who was Minister of Interior at the time was arraigned alongside
former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Anastasia Daniel-
Nwobia; an ex-director in the ministry, Felix Alayebami and a firm,
Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd, which was acquitted and discharged in 2021.
They were accused of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering in the
recruitment exercise which ended in tragedy with over 14 deaths caused
by a stampede in some states.
Justice Dimgba dismissed the allegation of abuse of office against Moro
over inadequate arrangement and safeguards for the exercise after 667,
000 applicants paid N1, 000 each.
He said the NIS CG testified that there was inadequate funding for the
exercise, while also failing to directly take charge of the exercise.
However, the judge convicted Nwobia on one of the counts of the
charges, but adjourned sentencing to April 27 in accordance with the
Administration of Criminal Justice Act.