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Former Interior Minister, Moro, Remanded in Kuje Prison


Former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro has been remanded in Kuje Prison, Abuja pending his bail application scheduled for hearing March 2.
Also to join Moro in Kuje Prison is deputy director in the ministry, F. O Alayebam‎i.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned the former Minister, Monday over alleged fraud and money laundering before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Justice Anwuli Chikere ordered their remand in prison shortly after they were arraigned on a 11-count of N675m fraud bordering on the March 15, 2014 National Immigration Services recruitment exercise, which rnded in disaster.
But Mrs. Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia‎, a former Permanent Secretary in the ministry, chsrged alongside Moro, was allowed to continue enjoying the administrative bail granted her‎ by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on February 22.
The EFCC said the defendants engaged in offences bordering on obtaining money by false pretences, procurement fraud and money laundering.
The defendants allegedly defrauded graduate applicants of N675,675,000 during the 2014 Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment, during which no fewer than 20 job seekers lost their lives.
The EFCC also accused them of defrauding the 675, 675 applicants of N675,675,000.
Each of the 676,675 applicants was charged N1,000 each.
The defendants allegedly flouted 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.
The EFCC also alleged that Drexel, the company that acted as consultant to the Interior !Ministry, had no prior advertisement and no needs assessment and procurement plan was carried out before the contract was awarded.
According to the anti-graft agency, the contract was awarded through selective tendering procedure by invitation of four firms without seeking the approval of the Bureau for Public Procurement.
The said act was said to be contrary to sections 40, 42 and 43 of the Public Procurement Act, No. 65 of 2007 and punishable under section 58 of the same Act.
‎After the arraignment on Monday, the lead prosecuting counsel, Aliyu Yusuf, applied that the accused persons be remanded in prison and also asked the court to give trial dates.
But counsel for the the second defendant (Alayebami), Chief Chris Uche (SAN), informed the court that he had filed a bail application on behalf of his client.
Yusuf said the bail application was only served on the commission on Friday and thus needed needed time to respond to it.
But Uche, who said Alayebami is a nursing mother and “a victim of circumstances”, urged Justice Chikere to release her on bail pending the hearing of his bail application.
‎The judge granted the application and fixed Wednesday for hearing of the accused persons’ bail applications.
The sum of N676, 675,000 was said to have been realised from applicants for immigration jobs during the fatal immigration recruitment exercise in 2014 where no fewer than 19 applicants lost their lives and many more injured in stampede.
There was no compensation paid and N1,000 accessment fee was never refunded.

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