SSS raid stalls Abba Moro’s trial

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 trial of former Interior Minister, Abbah Moro, slated to continue on Friday, stalled following the arrest of seven judges by operatives of the State security service last weekend.

One of the arrested judges, Nnamdi Dimgba, of the Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over the trial of Mr. Moro since he was charged for alleged diversion of almost N1 billion, meant for the conduct of recruitment exercise into the Nigerian Immigration Service in 2014.

Despite raising about a billion naira from the job seekers, the tests were poorly organised at different centres across the country, resulting in deadly stampedes with at least 18 deaths confirmed, majority from the Abuja stadium stampede.

At the last sitting on September 30, a witness, Tabugn Sylvanus, said only N45 million out of N201, million needed for the exercise was provided for, by government.

Justice Dimgba had adjourned the trial on September, 30 to October 14, but could not continue due to the recent development.

Neither Mr. Dimgba nor his colleague from the same court, Adeniyi Ademola, have had any court sessions since the raid.

The SSS accuses the affected judges of corruption.


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  • Burbank

    Abbah Moro will now be suing the arrested judge Nnamdi Dimgba, to return the money that Moro paid to the Dimgba to throw out his case.

  • Nuhu Abba

    Premium Times it’s like you’ve started derailing towards the sensational reporting typical of Nigerian journalism. Your headlines have started to attract readers and the content different.