Sunday, 28 February 2016

EFCC is set to charge ex-minister

The EFCC is set to charge ex-minister  Abba Moro to court
– Moro is to appear before an Abuja High Court on an 11-count charge
– About four others will be charged alongside Abba Moro Abba Moro, the immediate past interior minister, will on Monday, February 29, be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The ex-minister is to be docked on an 11-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence, procurement fraud and money laundering before Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Premium Times reports that others to be charged alongside Moro for their roles in the botched March 15, 2014 immigration recruitment exercise that killed no fewer than 20 job seekers across the country are: permanent secretary of the ministry at the time, Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia; a deputy director in the ministry, F. O Alayebami; one Mahmood Ahmadu(at large), and the contracting firm given the recruitment job, Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd.

The EFCC accused the defendants of defrauding 676,675 Nigerian applicants of N676,675,000 (Six hundred and seventy-six million, six hundred and seventy-five thousand naira).

Each of the 676,675 applicants were charged N1,000 each for participating in the recruitment exercise.

The anti-graft agency is also accusing the defendants of flouting 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.
According to the EFCC, Drexel had no prior advertisement and no needs assessment and procurement plan was carried out before the contract was awarded.

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