Former Interior Minister, Moro, Granted Bail on Self Recognition

A Federal High Court in Abuja, Thursday, asked former Minister of Interior Abba Moro, to go home on self-recognition.
By the same gesture, Justice Anwuli Chikere also granted bail to the two other defendants charged with him.
Arraigned with Moro are Anastasia Daniel Nwobia, a former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Interior and Femi Alayebami; a director in the ministry and Drexel Global Technical Nigeria Ltd.
They were accused of defrauding 675, 675 graduate applicants of about N675,675,000 having been made to pay N1000 each as processing fees for 5,000 (five thousand) job openings.
The four defendants also were accused of breaching the Public Procurement Act, No. 65 of 2007 in the award of the contract for the organisation of the recruitment test to Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd.
Although they pleaded not guilty to the charge, Justice Chikere had on Monday ordered the remand of Moro and Alaiyegbami in Kuje prisons, Abuja and allowed Mrs. Daniel Nwobia, said to be a nursing mother, to remain on the bail earlier granted her by the EFCC, pending the determination of their bail applications.
Wednesday, parties argued for and against the grant of bail to the defendants, with the EFCC cautioning the court to refuse the bail applications on the ground that the defendants could tamper with the prosecution process and witnesses.
Although Moro claimed, in his bail application, to suffering from acute diabetes and high blood pressure, the EFCC, in its counter –counter affidavit, faulted such claim, arguing that, while in its custody, and throughout investigation of the case, Moro neither complained of ill-health nor was he treated for any ailment.
EFFC also faulted Moro’s pledged to abide by the bail conditions and attend trial, stating that it had to revoke the administrative bail earlier granted him (Moro) “as information received from the investigating team revealed that the applicant would interfere with investigation and prosecution process embarked upon by the respondent.
An EFCC investigator, Isa Joshua, stated in a supporting affidavit, that “investigation conducted revealed that the defendant/applicant conspired with the other defendants to induce the said delivery of the said funds by job applicants, while deliberately neglecting to comply with extant provisions relating to procurement process as the Minister of Interior in relation to the award of contract for the recruitment exercise.
“Investigation also revealed that the defendant/applicant conspired with other defendants to award contract for the provision of online enlistment and recruitment services to Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited without advertising the contract, without needs assessment and procurement plan, and through selective tendering procedure, by inviting four firms without seeking approval by Bureau of Public Procurement and the fact that the company was not responsive to mandatory prequalification.
“The defendant/applicant conspired with other defendants to award contract for the provision of online enlistment and recruitment services to Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited, knowing that the company had no legal capacity to enter into the contract,” Joshua said.
Justice Chikere, who ordered Moro and Alaiyegbami to return to prison, had said he would rule on the bail applications, Thursday.
However, Thursday ruling, Justice Chikere ordered the other two other defendants to produce a bail bond of N100 million with one surety each in like sum, while Moro was to be released on self recognition.
The case has been adjourned till April 27 for hearing.

Author: News Editor

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