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EFCC To Close Case In Trial Of Moro, Others



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that it is about concluding its case in the prosecution of former Minister of Interior, Abbah Moro and three others, being tried in relation to the 2014 aborted recruitment exercise of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).

The exercise resulted in the death of many Nigerians while it was being conducted.

Moro is being tried with a former permanent secretary in the Interior Ministry, Mrs. Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, an ex-director in the ministry, Felix .O Alayebami and a firm, Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited.

The defendants are, in the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/42/2016, 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 are equally 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.

During the proceedings yesterday,  counsel to the commission, Mrs. Elizabeth Alabi, announced that the prosecution had called nine witnesses and planned to call two more to close its case.

Mrs. Alabi told the court that the prosecution would not be able to proceed as planned yesterday because its 10th witness, Isah Joshua (an operative of the EFCC) called to inform her that he lost his father late on Tuesday. She sought a fresh date.

“My Lord, the matter is for the continuation of hearing. However,  our prepared witness, Isah Joshua, just called that his father died around 8pm yesterday (Tuesday).

“So far, we have called nine witnesses. This witness was to be our 10th witness. We just have two more to go. He is an investigative officer. He is coming to tender the statement of the defendants,” Mrs. Alabi said.

The court also, could not hear a motion by Mrs. Daniel-Nwobia, for the release of her international passport, to enable her travel to the United Kingdom on medical grounds.

Mrs. Alabi said she was not aware of the motion when Mrs. Daniel-Nwobia’s lawyer, James Odiba informed the court about the motion, and his willingness to move it.