Deadly Recruitment Scam: EFCC slams 11-count charge on ex-Minister Abba Moro, others

FILE PHOTO: Surging crowd at an Immigration recruitment test in 2014.

The day of reckoning is here. After walking free for about two years, former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, and four others are now set to face trial for their roles in the shoddy March 15, 2014 immigration recruitment exercise that killed no fewer than 20 job seekers across the country.

After investigating the matter for five months, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has now slammed an 11- count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence, procurement fraud and money laundering on Mr Moro; 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 defendants are accused of defrauding 676, 675,000 (Six Hundred and Seventy Six Thousand, Six Hundred and Seventy Five) Nigerian applicants of N676,675,000 (Six Hundred and Seventy Six Million, Six Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand Naira).

The applicants paid N1000 each through an e-payment platform for their online recruitment exercise into the Nigerian Immigration Service.

The accused are also alleged to have contravened the Public Procurement Act, No. 65 of 2007 in the contract awards by not following the necessary procedure laid down by the government.

The award of the contract to Drexel Tech Nig Ltd, the EFCC said. had no prior advertisement, no needs assessment and a procurement plan was not carried out before the contract was awarded.

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, the anti-graft agency said.

Drexel Tech Global Nigeria Limited, the company that provided the online enlistment and recruitment services is said 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.

The document alleged that “One of the accused Mahmood Ahmadu(who is at large) in connivance with Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd, lavished the total of N423,800,000.00(Four Hundred and Twenty Three Million, Eight Hundred Thousand naira) part of the N676,675,000 (Six Hundred and Seventy Six Million, Six Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand Naira) gotten from the applicants on the following: the sum N202, 500, 000( Two Hundred and Two Million Five Hundred Thousand naira ) in purchase of a property in a choice area of the Federal Capital territory, N120, 100,000 (One Hundred and twenty Million One hundred Thousand Naira ) used in upgrading a property in Abuja, while the total of N101, 200, 000( One Hundred and One Million Two Hundred thousand Naira) was converted to United states dollars for personal use.”

The case, filed at a Federal High Court in Abuja, is yet to be assigned as at the close of work on Tuesday.

Those familiar with the matter said Mr. Moro and the other accused persons might be arraigned before the end of the week.

A source at the commission, who cannot be named because she is not authorised to speak on the matter, had told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday that the suspects were picked up on Monday evening preparatory to their being charged.

At least nine job seekers died at the Abuja National Stadium while scrambling to secure seats for the controversial recruitment test.

The stampede ensued after the over 200,000 job seekers scrambled through a poorly organized barricade at the stadium.

In Port Harcourt, Rivers State, four applicants died from the stampede while 12 others sustained injuries and were rushed to Rivers government-owned Braithwaite Memorial Hospital.

After the tragedy, several Nigerians demanded the resignation or dismissal of Mr. Moro and the Comptroller-General of Immigration, David Parradang, as well as their criminal prosecution for involuntary homicide.

They were accused of putting in place a sham recruitment process that enabled the interior ministry to extort applicants.

The minister, who initially blamed impatience and refusal by applicants to abide by instructions for the tragedy, later accepted responsibility for the incident.

He, however, refused to step down.

Speaking on a Channels TV’s breakfast programme, Sunrise, on October 20, 2014, Mr. Moro made it clear he would not resign, saying he would rather stay put in office to clear the mess caused by the incidence.

“The point at which we are now is not about resignation. That time has gone,” Mr. Morro said in response to a question over why he refused to quit.

“At the time (people were calling for his resignation), I think emotions were very high. I was in the eye of a storm.

“At that time, a lot of options were on the table… The issue is do you resign or do you stay to sort out the problem that have been created?

“I decided that staying and mopping up the mess caused by the lack of proper implementation of our plans is better. That’s the point we are now.”

The minister said Nigerians should consider the tragedy as an accident which he too did not plan for or envisage.

“I also have families. I didn’t set out on that journey knowing that accident would occur that would lead to the death of human beings.

“We took everything into proper perspective. If we had succeeded, a few Nigerians would have congratulated us for the job well done.”


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  • MilitaryPolice01

    A very very welcome development. Hopefully justice will not take too long to be served. Any news on Helen Mark or is she no more linked to Drexel

  • Efcc Amaechi nko when?

    Rivers State on Tuesday petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, asking it to probe alleged financial recklessness of ex-Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

    Deputy Publicity Secretary in Rivers, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, told journalists in Port Harcourt that President Muhammad Buhari should ensure he fulfils his promise to maintain a zero tolerance for corruption.

    He said: “Since the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has told the world that he is a man with zero tolerance for corruption, we, the people of Rivers, are asking that there should be no sacred cow.

    “We are saying that corruption in Rivers State should be investigated and justice should be done.

    “As we speak to you, we cannot trace the proceeds that emanated from all the government’s transactions that that took place in Rivers State.”

    Nwanosike, cautioned Buhari not to protect Amaechi, saying the probe of former office holders must also affect members of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

    Nwanosike lamented that the current administration in the state had to borrow to pay salary arrears, which the Amaechi administration failed to pay.

    Shedding more light on the petition which noted the alleged fraudulent transactions in the state between December 1 and 8, 2014, the official said “Can you imagine that between December 1 and 8, 2014, with one address – 25 Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt, over N21bn of Rivers funds were transferred? We are asking, where did these funds go?”

    • tundemash

      Mumu, does the Rivers State Govt. not have a Ministry of Justice and an Attorney General to prosecute ?

      • AFRICANER

        Shut up!

        • tundemash

          How has ssking Rivers Govt to charge Amaechi to court make u rant ?

      • Otile

        Hear him, Islamic twisted sense of justice. This is the kind of kangaroo justice they dispense in Islam. Recently a 4 year old boy Ahmed Mansur was sentenced to life. The child
        was found guilty, along with 115 other defendants, of participating
        in deadly riots.

        Abubakar tundemash, shame on you for belonging to this kind of satanic justice system.

  • tundemash

    After the corruption case, the murderers must be handed over to the police to be prosecuted for murder !

    • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

      Another Buharimice from the far east——was Buhari handed over to the ICC when he murdered over 400 Shiite Muslims in Zaria?

      • Pointitout

        Pin head get this straight that Buhari did not murder 400 shites. Come down from your high horse and face reality. The election is over and you lost. Quit being mischievous.

    • AFRICANER

      Get Out of this forum!

      • tundemash

        Mr. Career Liar, do you have an issue with murderers answering for their crime? may you meet with same unfortunate incident these Nigerians met with. Say amen. Oloshi !

  • 9ja deserves better dan Buhari

    Hear the fake Efcc———————(-After investigating the matter for five months, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has now slammed an 11- count charge) unquote————Fine—But was it Lamordi who investigated Abba Moro–Or Magu———————————because he MAGU was appointed around NOVEMBER 9th 2015—That is certainly not up to 5 months—-sha——same old lies that is all we get daily from this Buhari Gestapo in efcc——-with Premium Times as their paid media pointsmen–Charge the man to court–and let the facts relating to the case come out of the courts–That is all we are saying–Not issue watery press releases to deceive the public—-Is mentu of PDP not quiet now-‘?-Is that how to fight corruption–use your instrument of office to intimidate helpless 9jas-VIA PREMIUM TIMES–AND SAHARA REPORTERS—-?

    • share Idea

      Metuh will soon start opposition attack once his case is concluded in court – that will be pretty soon

  • efcc don come again ooh

    ivers State on Tuesday petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, asking it to probe alleged financial recklessness of ex-Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

    Deputy Publicity Secretary in Rivers, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, told journalists in Port Harcourt that President Muhammad Buhari should ensure he fulfils his promise to maintain a zero tolerance for corruption.

    He said: “Since the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has told the world that he is a man with zero tolerance for corruption, we, the people of Rivers, are asking that there should be no sacred cow.

    “We are saying that corruption in Rivers State should be investigated and justice should be done.

    “As we speak to you, we cannot trace the proceeds that emanated from all the government’s transactions that that took place in Rivers State.”

    Nwanosike, cautioned Buhari not to protect Amaechi, saying the probe of former office holders must also affect members of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

    Nwanosike lamented that the current administration in the state had to borrow to pay salary arrears, which the Amaechi administration failed to pay.

    Shedding more light on the petition which noted the alleged fraudulent transactions in the state between December 1 and 8, 2014, the official said “Can you imagine that between December 1 and 8, 2014, with one address – 25 Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt, over N21bn of Rivers funds were transferred? We are asking, where did these funds go?”

  • IZON Redeemer

    Several Months after the deadly carnage in Zaria, Kaduna State, involving the Nigerian Army and members of the Shi’ite Community, President Muhammadu Buhari remains silent.
    Many people were killed in the encounter. Some have described it as a “massacre”. The victims included young children and women. The leader of the Shi’ites, Sheikh El-Zakzaky, has not been seen since then. The army initially said it took him into “protective custody”. At best, this is not a lawful procedure under Nigerian law. Subsequently, the army claimed it handed him over to civil authorities for prosecution for as yet undisclosed crimes. The army is not a prosecutorial authority for civilians. So on what basis are they deciding that he should be prosecuted? Yet they investigate that which took place under Jonathan–where in the eye and nose of Justice in all this————–what about the massacre of Shiite Muslims by Buhari in Zaria? When will Burutai head of the army be prosecuted-By the next government in 2019? 9ja we hail theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  • Spoken word

    Bloody bastards.moro is going straight to hell.the blood of those killed during the stampede will be forever be on his soul.

    • IZON Redeemer

      Ibo man u make me laugh——yafu yafu————what about Buhari who ordered over 400 Shiites to be murdered in cold blood-in Zaria—-?———-Is OBJ also going to be transported to hell fire?’ Following the massacre of Ijaws at Odi-?’ What about the killing of innocent Ibos protesting the imprisonment of Kanu?-However it serves him Abba———————-right because he foolishly campaigned for Buhari—thinking he will over-look his acts—–against Jonathan—-I laugh–Most 9jas do not know Buhari–there is nothing like Milk of human kindness in his Satanic budget thieving soul—on that dear I support u——let him roast in hell with Buhari———ati Obj—————both of whom have innocent blood in their smelly jregaional hands-

      • Spoken word

        I hope you understand English.Moro has a one way ticket to hell.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Ibo man——-nee Spoken turenchi———– u make me laugh——yafu yafu————what about Buhari who ordered over 400 Shiites to be murdered in cold blood-in Zaria——?——–Is OBJ also going to be transported to hell fire also?’ Following the massacre of Ijaws at Odi-? What about the killing of innocent Ibos protesting the imprisonment of Kanu?-However it serves him Abba———————-right because he foolishly campaigned for Buhari—thinking he will over look his evil acts—–against Jonathan—very funny to see him ati Dasuki betray Gej sADLY most 9jas do not know who that monster called Buhari is Unaware–there is nothing like Milk of human kindness in his Satanic budget thieving soul—Let him der4 roast in hell together with Buhari—-ati Obj–if there is anything like Hell for their rotten souls—

  • Otile

    Nigeria is now between the devil and the deep sea. With sharia enforced by Nigerian rulers people will be getting constant miscarriage of justice. Even in Egypt where sharia has matured there are innumerable instances of miscarriage of justice. Recently a 4 year old boy Ahmed Mansur was sentenced to life. The child was found guilty, along with 115 other defendants, of participating in deadly riots.

    This is absurd, Nigeria should drop sharia quickly.

    • Gugurus Ekpa

      Otile,

      What shaira are you talking about? Is your wet diapers inducing talk of sharia again?

      • Otile

        Diaper sniffer,

        Down with your corrupt sharia system.
        Down with Islamic terrorism,

        • Gugurus Ekpa

          Otile,

          Why the crazy baby talk whenever your diapers are severely soaked?

    • Daniel

      Very diversionary and hypocritical from you. Focus on the subject.

      • Otile

        Sentencing a 4 year old to life is absurd. Condemn this evil, and stop condoning the corrupt practices embedded in Islam.

  • Mama Kay

    These PDP e-rats and their poor sense of reasoning never fail to amuse.

    I wonder how much they are paid to write rubbish on different fora.

    Anyway, people just ignore them and let them keep replying to themselves.

  • favourtalk

    He need to face the wrought of the evil work they did over the years, Nigeria is not for joke. We are going to move forward but not in the manners at which the country was run under the leadership of the clueless ones GEJ regime. We shall prosecute them and Nigerians are gladly behind the president

  • arewethishopeless

    Finally … justice. Well done EFCC, well done Buhari government.

    EFCC must trace ALL beneficiaries of this blood money including David Mark who is suspected to have benefited from the scam ….

    • Bidemi Lukman

      Dont jublitate yet. A Rickey Tarfa and Justice Yunusa is arround the corner to compromise justice

    • dasuki

      did Buhari not accept bribe money from dasuki

      • Arabakpura

        Yes, he accepted! Go and accept your own! are you not part owner of the money?

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Justice at last.

    • Bidemi Lukman

      Have they been sentenced? You seems to have quickly forgotten the like of Rickey Tarfa and Justice Yunusa

      • Burning Spear

        With the woman whom Osibanjo is handling—from Republic of Benin? Togo is already rejecting your Ecowas passports–mumu–A nigeria high court Judge accepts to be bribed with $800 by a firm whose annual turn-over is over 60b a year–U must be mad to be believe such a silly stories- from the fake mouth of the janjaweed head of efcc–gra gra—that is all we have in that rotten place

        • Bidemi Lukman

          This comment am replying is definately not comming from a human mind. May God have mercy on Nigerian souls.

          • Arabakpura

            Thank you for being observant!

          • Bidemi Lukman

            You are welcome my brother

      • Gugurus Ekpa

        The process of justice has at least started. Under Jonathan, Moro was free with no charges or any legal repercussion for his leadership. That is now over.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Ibo man——-nee Spoken turenchi———– u make me laugh——yafu yafu————what about Buhari who ordered over 400 Shiites to be murdered in cold blood-in Zaria——?——–Is OBJ also going to be transported to hell fire also?’ Following the massacre of Ijaws at Odi-? What about the killing of innocent Ibos protesting the imprisonment of Kanu?-However it serves him Abba———————-right because he foolishly campaigned for Buhari—thinking he will over look his evil acts—–against Jonathan—very funny to see him ati Dasuki betray Gej sADLY most 9jas do not know who that monster called Buhari is Unaware–there is nothing like Milk of human kindness in his Satanic budget thieving soul—Let him der4 roast in hell together with Buhari—-ati Obj–if there is anything like Hell for their rotten souls—

  • soon be d turn of Buhari

    The event concerning the Nigeria 2016 budget and its discrepancies has crowded the internet space in the past few weeks. Nigerians both locally and in diaspora have been throwing in questions especially aiming at this President Buhari’s Administration on why such shocking revelations have been made concerning the Nigeria 2016 Budget.

    With the way and manner this administration has preached Change, the talks on fighting corruption and leading a corrupt free administration, one can only stop to wonder why then do we have such embarrassing revelations in the Nigeria 2016 Budget which clearly depicts hidden acts of corruption and deceit.

    How such an incompetent document passed the muster of presidential scrutiny and snaked its way to the National Assembly, remains befuddling.

    How can this administration be expected to be taken very seriously, when its budget for the Ministry of Defence is greater by far than the budget of the Ministry of Science and Technology given Nigeria’s current circumstance? One particular example being that the MOD’s budget for procuring sporting equipment for the Army, exceeds the budget for the same item for the entire federal ministry of Sports and Youth development, the Defence ministry depends on importation of Arms and military equipment, now we ask: where is the defence money going?

    • Daniel

      Is something being done about the misaligned budget? Yes. That means the respective arms of government are doing their jobs. It also means they are now listening.

      There is no need deploying so much adrenalin on this matter. In the past we had no clue of how budgets were padded and that is the reason why since 1999, development has been a mirage in Nigeria. Accountability is coming back to the civil service, the very engine room of corruption.

      The main topic right now is how the youth were fleeced by a rapacious political elite,represented by Aba Moro. This must be condemned by all reasonable human beings.

  • MushinSpeaks

    Whatever slam is necessary please, this man must not escape wrath of the law. The blood of the departed ones still cries

  • Peter_Edo

    did anyone notice one of the crimes was the original 419: Obtaining Under False Pretense… so GEJ had real 419 in his government, but then again Boko haram was in his government too…

    • 9ja deserves better dan Buhari

      Did the recruitment exercise not take place-under a situation where i have more than 2m applicants searching for 5 thousand jobs–What about those who died under Obasanjo? Was that also another 419? More than 15 Nigerians collapsed and died in Benin over the same recruitment exercise by NIS—WAS THE MINISTER THEN PUT ON TRIAL–i BEGI leave this matter–Let Buhari be man enough to investigate Amaechi–ati Fashola-and Dambazua-Not have those hired by APC thugs like u–to post comments—-and see if Nigerians will not lynch Buhari–publicly–? The man is rthe biggest thief on earth–Now he is telling Nigerians that the budget which the Senate is debating is not his again–The very budget which Liar Mohamed—Shehu Garba and Adesina publicly defended–Buhari is now saying that busdget is not his—-Maybe it was Efcc ati tinubu that produced the budget–animals

      • Peter_Edo

        i pity you

  • touchlight

    this is just 1 of many crimes committed by Abba Morro….he also awarded a multi billion contract for the construction of paramilitary housing estate in the 36 states and FCT to Buyan Resources ltd whose owner is an illitrate by name mathias buyan.N30,000 was collected from all the intending benefiaries and 5 years after there is no consruction work on going anywhere in nigeria

  • Efcc Amaechi nko when?

    Rivers State Government on Tuesday petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, asking it to probe alleged financial recklessness of ex-Governor, Rotimi Amaechi. But the Agency which is now playing to the gallary, has refused to even glance at the direction of the petition following directives from Buhari for Amaechi, Danbazua, Fashola and Tinubu not to be probed by Efcc.

    Aware of the selective Justice System introduced by Buhari and the officials of Efcc, into the one sided fight against corruption, Deputy Publicity Secretary in Rivers, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, told journalists in Port Harcourt that President Muhammad Buhari should ensure he fulfils his promise to maintain a zero tolerance for corruption.

    He said: “Since the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has told the world that he is a man with zero tolerance for corruption, we, the people of Rivers, are asking that there should be no sacred cow.

    “We are saying that corruption in Rivers State should be investigated and justice should be done.

    “As we speak to you, we cannot trace the proceeds that emanated from all the government’s transactions that that took place in Rivers State.”

    Nwanosike, cautioned Buhari not to protect Amaechi, saying the probe of former office holders must also affect members of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

  • Truth Sayer

    The investigations took more than five months…

  • Excisionist

    For every Nigerian that lost his or her life during that terrible incident, Abba Moro needs to be sentenced to life. Moreover all that he illegally acquired with this blood money should be confiscated. Indeed the evil that men do lives after them