2014 Immigration Recruitment Tragedy: e-Company Used is Registered with CAC- Witness

The companies that executed the contract for the mounting of the e-recruitment portal of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), through which the 2014 recruitment exercise was carried out are registered companies.
This was the submission of Muftahu Bello, a prosecution witness from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on Thursday.
The witness who is from the Registry Department of the Commission gave the names of the registered companies as Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited and Drexel Nigeria Limited.
Bello who testified as the fourth prosecution witness was summoned by the prosecution to tender documents in court relating to the trial.
Former Minister of Interior, Moro, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Anastacia Nwobia, a Deputy Director in the Ministry, F.O. Alayabami and a private company, Drexel Nigeria Ltd, are standing trial over alleged N676m recruitment fraud.
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), conducted recruitment on March 15, 2014, that led to the death of 15 applicants, while several others were wounded.
The witness however told the court that another company, Drexel Tech Global has not been registered with the Commission.
Some of the documents tendered in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Steven Odiase through the witness include a letter from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the Corporate Affairs Commission dated January 28, 2016 with the title “investigation Activities.
Another letter from the Commission to CAC dated March 3, 2016 with similar title was also tendered and admitted and marked as an exhibit by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba.
Meantime, the prosecution counsel has sought for an adjournment to enable him file and serve counsel to the defendants, additional proof of evidence to tender additional documents.
Although the prosecution witness had initially told the court that only one company from the three companies mentioned in the EFCC letter to CAC for investigation that was registered, he admitted under cross examination by counsel to Drexel Nigerial Ltd, Sunday Ameh that two companies were actually registered by the CAC.
When asked if Drexel Tech Nig. Ltd was registered, the witness said “Yes, it is dully registered with the CAC”
Ameh looked at the document again and asked the witness to confirm whether Drexel Nig. Ltd is a dully registered company with CAC?
Witness; “Yes, it is a dully registered company.”
Bello also admitted under cross examination that although CAC has a legal department, he does not work in the said department.
Justice Dimgba adjourned the case to June 28 and 30 for continuation of trial.

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