A prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of former Ministry of Interior, Abba Moro and three others over the 2014 botched Immigration recruitment, former Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service, David Parradang, has said the second and third accused persons, (then Permanent Secretary and Director in the Ministry) did not play any significant role in the exercise that led to the death of 15 applicants.
At the cross examination of Parrandang, Thursday, by Chris Uche (SAN), counsel to the second defendant, Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, the former Comptroller General said he could not recall that the former Permanent Secretary attended any meeting or had her name and signature on the recruitment contract.
Answering question from Uche, Parrandang noted that he never had any dealings with Nwobia in the course of the recruitment exercise.
“During your tenure as CIS did you ever have any interaction with her- Mrs Anastasia Nwobia?”, to which Parrandang said “I can’t recall”
Uche also asked him if he was aware the Nwobia was posted from the Ministry three months before the implementation of the recruitment exercise commenced, the witness said “yes”
The counsel said his client left the Ministry in July while the recruitment process started in September 2013.
Uche also asked Parrandang if he was aware that before he assumed office in 2013 as CIS, the Immigration had obtained a waiver for recruitment, Parrandang said it was for 2012 recruitment only.
When Frank Ikpe counsel for the third defendant, also cross examined Parrandang, he repeated that he was not aware of any role played by the Deputy Director in the Ministry, Felix Alayabami.
However, Sunday Ameh, counsel to Drexel Tech Nig Ltd requested for an adjournment because his cross examination was a lengthy one.
The Judge Nnamdi Dimgba thereafter adjourned till Friday, September 30 for continuation of cross examination of the prosecution witness by the defence counsels.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned Moro, Mrs Nwobia and Alayabami over fraud related matters.
Also charged alongside is the firm that was contracted to conduct the botched recruitment exercise, Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd.
The prosecution had alleged that Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd was used to perpetuate the recruitment scam.
Specifically, EFCC alleged that the defendants defrauded 676,675 Nigerian applicants, who were made to pay one thousand naira each for the exercise, amounting to N676, 675,000 (Six Hundred and Seventy Six Million, Six Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand Naira).