Immigration Recruitment Scam: Court scolds EFCC for “sloppy prosecution” of Abba Moro, others

Abba Moro

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Abba Moro [Photo Credit: DailyPost.ng]

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday chided the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over its conduct in the prosecution of former Interior Minister, Abba Moro, describing it as “sloppy prosecution.”

Mr. Moro is being prosecuted alongside a former Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, and a Deputy Director in the ministry, F. O. Alayebami, over alleged N676 million recruitment fraud.

Others being tried with Mr. Moro are one Mahmood Ahmadu, who is at large, and Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited, the firm that handled the Nigerian Immigration Service, (NIS) recruitment in 2014.

The judge, Nnamdi Dimgba, criticised the anti-graft agency over its failure to produce the fourth prosecution witness in court for continuation of trial.

“This is your case and you have to arrange it in such a way as to avoid such occurrences. Your reasons sound a little sloppy with due respect.

“If I strike out this case for want of diligent prosecution, a lot of noise would be made by people who were not in court.

“We have to stop this nonsense and let it not repeat itself, you have to be ready for trial at the next adjourned date or else I will take the necessary action.”

The prosecuting counsel, Elizabeth Alabi, who held brief for Aliu Yusuf, informed the court, when the matter was called, that the witness, a bank official based in Lagos, could not be communicated with during the Sallah break.

Ms. Alabi said that as a result of the prosecution’s inability to reach the witness, he could not be prepared to give his testimony.

She said that the witness was on subpoena and prayed the court for an adjournment.

“My lord, the fourth prosecution witness is not in court. He is a subpoenaed witness and we were unable to hold a pre-trial session due to the two days public holiday, we were unable to communicate with him.

“The witness is a banker and resides in Lagos. In the circumstances, we shall be asking for an adjournment to enable us bring our witness to court.”

Akinlolu Kehinde, Mr. Moro’s lawyer, expressed his dissatisfaction over the failure of the prosecution to bring the witness to court.

Mr. Kehinde opposed the application for adjournment and urged the court to compel the prosecution to sign an undertaken to have its witness in court on the next adjourned date.

Chris Uche, counsel to Daniel-Nwobia maintained that when the prosecution failed to reach the witness in Lagos, other witnesses in the matter should have been prepared to attend the day’s proceedings.

Similarly, S. I. Ameh, another defence counsel, argued that a subpoena was not just a document but an authority issued by the court.

He held that since the subpoenaed witness disobeyed the order, the legal thing to do was to teach the witness a legal lesson by ordering for a warrant to be issued on him.

The matter was adjourned until October 4.

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  • Segun Adeleke

    I pity those who still believe in the ability of EFCC to diligently prosecute any case. They are scammers!!!

  • Wale

    Ole, go set a church as a starting point.
    Rev. Joseph

  • George

    When you gives people authority bigger than their understanding this is what you get.

  • Frank Bassey

    “This is your case and you have to arrange it in such a way as to avoid such occurrences. Your reasons sound a little sloppy with due respect.
    “If I strike out this case for want of diligent prosecution, a lot of noise would be made by people who were not in court.
    “We have to stop this nonsense and let it not repeat itself, you have to be ready for trial at the next adjourned date or else I will take the necessary action.”
    EFCC DID NOT SET OUT TO DO ANY CREDIBLE JOB OTHER THAN PERSECUTING PERCEIVED ENEMIES OF PMB. LOOK AT HOW THEY ARE MESSING UP THEMSELVES IN THE COURT. THEY THOUGHT BUNDLING PEOPLE INTO COURT WOULD PLEASE THEIR PRINCIPAL, PMB, WHO IS OBVIOUSLY INSINCERE AND FULL OF INJUSTICE IN THE SO-CALLED CORRUPTION FIGHT. THE NEXT LANGUAGE YOU WILL HEAR NOW IS “TREASURY LOOTERS” AS IF THEY HAVE THE EVIDENCE OR TREASURY LOOTING IS NOT GOING ON UNDER PMB. THIS CASE IS DEAD. PERIOD.

    • princegab

      You’ve made yourself in to a judge. Read between the lines, a technical nock out is already awaiting efcc. That is the order of the day sir. The only thing we can not read into this article is the complicity of efcc or its agent to free Mr Moro tomorrow. As for the judge, forget it, he has already committed “danladism” . HE COLLECTED.

      • Frank Bassey

        This sounds like a nursery rhyme. Incredibly hallow!

  • Gidi

    I am quite happy with the Judge’s statement on EFCC. I have said it many times, the incompetence of EFCC and Law Enforcement are one of the main reasons why we can’t get conviction.

    You don’t need a rocket science to figure this share incompetence from “Civil Servant” who happened to be a lawyer prosecuting against a well funded defense team.

    We’ve seen this movie before at Saraki’s trial at CCT…

  • MilitaryPolice01

    The case against Abba Moro and co is a slam dunk but yet again the EFCC finds it hard to crack. Shame

  • tsunami1earthquake

    In fact, the prosecution’s statement about not being able to communicate the witness during Sallah time was quintessentially sloppy. Period!

  • David Adeniran

    EFFC are embarrassingly poor in prosecution!