Immigration Scam: Ex-Nigerian Minister Abba Moro arraigned, sent to prison

Former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro being arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at the Federal High Court
Former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro being arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at the Federal High Court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the immediate past Interior Minister, Abba Moro, on an 11-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence, procurement fraud and money laundering.

Mr. Moro was arraigned before Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court, Abuja, alongside three others for their roles in the botched March 15, 2014 immigration recruitment exercise that killed no fewer than 20 job seekers across the country, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

His co-accused 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 the 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.

The EFCC said Drexel EFCC 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 4 (Four) firms without seeking the approval of the Bureau for Public Procurement, 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.

Drexel is also alleged to be unregistered and had no legal capacity to enter into the said contract.

There is also said to be no budgetary provision for the exercise in the 2014 Federal Capital budget hence the applicants were made to bear the responsibility of funding the project without approval of the Board contrary to section 22(5) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act 2000, the charge said.

Justice Chikere ordered that the former minister should be remanded in Kuje prison, Abuja, while Mrs. Daniel-Nwobia was released on administrative bail, according to Daily Trust.

The judge adjourned the case to March 2 for hearing of Mr. Abba Moro’s bail application.


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  • dudu

    God bless Justice Chikere. That was swift.

  • Omoba1

    The judge must have lost a relative

    • Gouken

      I would laugh but it really isn’t funny. People did lose relatives. Sons and daughters while this con-man was laughing with his co-accused to the bank.

  • DanielOsazuwa

    These scumbags must be charge in another court for murder. The for hire human right Lawyers should please take this on pro-bono.

    Charging them for 419 is not enough.

  • Ugo

    Abba Moro should be jailed for life

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Why must every arraignment lead to being remanded in prison? What stops Nigerian Judges from entertaining oral applications for bail?

    • Sparzo

      20 people died in this scam.
      A lot of money was collected on false and bogus pretences. About N700M.
      They will run away and as a former minister probably has a Dominican republic passport and Haiti.
      Appropriate bail would be set at a later date. End of.

      • Arabakpura

        …and our depraved former President not only retained him in his cabinet but also continued the 419 run by promising their relatives succour which partially came during electioneering campaign!
        All because Abba Moron and Jonathan worshiped the same god – David Mark!

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      So that looters like you will learn first hand what the average Nigerians passed through in the last 16 years of you locusts

    • tundemash

      Omo Ole, a person likely facing murder charges cannot be granted bail. I wish one of those lost souls were your relative , oloshi !

    • Arabakpura

      Even if It is 2 days internship, it results in a very good lesson learnt!

      • peaceometer

        Really, internship. Kuje town has the highest number of visitors this year.

    • Adeyinka Taiwo

      Here we are again with your useless comments, assuming those who lost their lives was one of your relatives ,I know you would not be saying what you said now, please be sensitive for once,

    • Ade

      You are disgrace to the Yoruba race.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Omo ale ni e o.

  • MilitaryPolice01

    Chai,just few months ago the Controller of Kuje Prisons was answerable to the Comptroller General of Prisons who was answerable to oga kpatakpata Abba Moro as Internal Affairs Minister. Now Abba Moro is in custody of the Controller and is answerable to him in a most embarrassing and disgraceful manner. When I see such things, I kneel down and beg GOD to forgive my sins because by these things you know HE is alive and watching and every wickedness of man to man shall be judged and punished

    • PolyGon2013

      It is called oga patapata and not oga kpatakpata.

      • Sparzo

        Is that in English or Yoruba?

        • MilitaryPolice01

          my brother i taya oo, I no sabi say pidgin get dikitionary .. if I reply am now premium times go freeze my comment

          • PolyGon2013

            It is Yoruba my friend.

          • Sparzo

            I like them yoruba alphabets.

        • PolyGon2013

          It is in Yoruba.

      • peaceometer

        Call it anything, Oga is now a prisoner. Hahahahaha,Hahahaha,hahaha Hahahahaha,Hahahaha,hahaha

        • PolyGon2013

          I’m happy too.

  • Artful ºDodger

    Good judge, good decision. Bail should be set at N676 million each.

    Nice day for the human race!

    • lala

      lol @ 676 million Bail.

      • Sparzo

        And 20 relatives for surety bond..

  • Charles Akpunonu

    Buhari’s bashers are suddenly missing on this development…..

  • Peter

    The day this Buhari will stumble out of office, he will receive the worst treatment of his life. We were praying for his death mid-way to terminate his wicked tenure in office but that may not pay him off well as he needs to live on so that his successor will pay him back what he is doing to all those who served in the previous administration. He has forgotten the fact that no one office holder will stay on for ever. Jonathan has moved on. Buhari will also one day move on, leaving the stage for another office holder. What will become of Buhari thereafter will depend on the character of the person that will succeed him. We pray that an equally vindictive person succeeds Buhari so that he reaps the reward of his wickedness.

    • peaceometer

      You are an insane person, 100%

    • Jeoseph

      When those innocence applicants that are junior to you died hope you were happy. I don’t see God being so wicked to allow PDP to rule this nation again except mumu states where election had never been counted.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Ode Oloshi Oliburuku Kura, Ewu, !!!You will die a miserable death like a bat before Buhari.

  • tundemash

    I hope the Nigerian Police are also preparing a murder case against this rogue.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    The spirits of those unemployed Nigerian graduates who fell victims with the loss of their lives during minister Abba Moro,s scam employment exercise during the fraudulent Immigration exercise have risen and fighting against Abba Moro and now landed him in prison.Served him right.
    @Peter and ilk:Keep ranting as your champions cool their feet in the penitentiary.Shameless maggot.

    • everything about GMB is fake

      How can a prosecutor bring 100-count charge against a person, against an accused person, in respect of the same transaction? You keep on repeating yourself; you keep on re-introducing the same ingredients in count one, through to count three, through to count 10, through to 20, through to count 60, in the same subject. You don’t need that because you will need to prove every ingredient of the offence, to prove every count. Even when you have to go to court, they should be as concise as possible. Why don’t you make it brief? Maximum, you can have seven-count charge. You can’t reasonably have a hundred-count charge on the same subject. You are talking of N2billion from somewhere to somewhere and it becomes a recurring decimal from one charge to another. To me, it is not tidy enough in the EFCC cases. And, again, you don’t expect judges to perform magic or to do your work for you. You don’t also expect the judge to say that, ‘By all means, I am going to convict a person’, because he is docked by the EFCC. It must be decided according to the law. A judge would decide according to law and not according to the noise in the market place, not justice according to your intention but justice to according to the law, the Constitution and based on the counts before the court and also the evidence adduced. Justice cannot be in isolation, it cannot be in a vacuum. There is the danger in this country today because when someone goes to the dock, the next thing is prison. What differentiates human beings from animals is the rule of law. Both parties and sides must be heard. God did not condemn, God did not convict, God did not sentence Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without hearing them. The danger of Nigerians wanting any person just to be convicted is that if it is Mr A today, it could be Mr B tomorrow. So we have to be careful. Olanipekun

  • Seye D. Awofolaju


    Abba Moro should do the needful by pleading guilty to save judicial time; costs and expense.
    That’s the least contrition expected for his type of financial crime bordering on youth murder.
    There’s something called honor – it is the making of inconvenient; true and correct decisions.
    The impression created so far by GOODLUCK JONATHAN and his gang of thieves is horrible.
    They reflect that south-south ethnic groups do not have any sense of shame or idea of honor.

    • Jeoseph

      The man should proceed to ‘supra cort’ with some midnite calls!

  • peaceometer

    Murder charges is excluded from the 11- count charges. Why?

    • Sparzo

      There must be manslaughter charges though?

  • excel

    That is where he belong. I will like him to be transfer to kirikiri.

  • favourtalk

    Let him rot in jail. Nigeria is not for jokers, those that stole our money and allowed some youth to dies and cry will not go scot free