Ex-Nigerian Minister Abba Moro to be docked Monday for allegedly duping job seekers

Abba Moro [Photo Credit: DailyPost.ng]

The immediate past Interior Minister, Abba Moro, will on Monday be docked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission 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.

Others to be charged alongside Mr. 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 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 alleged that 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.

The court document reads: “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.”


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  • Idowu

    The era of accountability is here. GOD BLESS BUHARI AND HIS TEAM.

  • E.USEN

    This is a welcome development and it’s long overdue. Thank God all the criminals that rob us blind are finally facing the consequences of the atrocities perpetuated against the low and common people of Nigeria. Sai Buhari

  • James Bond

    This is what the Jonathan govt was all about: wicked levels of corruption. You collect money from struggling job seekers, conducted a dangerous testing exercise in which about 20 poor souls lost their lives, and then use the ill gotten wealth to buy properties for yourself in choice areas of Abuja. They were just stealing money left right and center in Jonathan’s administration. If it was not money ($2 billion) meant for the procurement of weapons to fight boko haram, then they were stealing money from struggling job seekers or just direct stealing from source. A terribly hopeless corrupt govt.

    • Fadama

      Stealing from the vulnerable. Moro is evil

  • Fadama

    And to think the evil man was allowed to continue as a Minister in the last regime, tells so much of GEJ’s laughable mindset

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Praise God Almighty. Sell their properties and give the applicants and the families of the dead compensation.

  • Angry Niaja

    Drexel belongs to David Mark’s wife

  • Rommel

    Very wicked people

  • Burning Spear

    Hear Premium Times for the eye service Efcc—-that–( 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) unqote-

    Does this comment make sense-to Madu the head of Efcc—No money was set aside for the recruitment exercise—and the vacancies were not advertised–And a media house is asking why—-na waya for Nigeria—If no money was budgeted for the project—when then does efcc expect NIS to obtain money for the exercise?–From Buhari or Obj abi Damjuma?—When we were told that the same incident took place during the era of Obj where several applicants died–as a result of which NIS refused to advertise—-Is Obj als on trial?—This is just one of those silly cases that EFC often dabbles into just to enable them score cheap political pioints for the fake anti corruption crusade of Buhari—Until Amaechi–Fashola—–Fayemi–Tinubu——Dambazua and Prof Yakubu among others are put in the dock-there is no hope for the anti corruption war——Maybe that is why the rogues in APC have continued to pad the budget—-via Buhari in spite of his alleged anti-corruption status-Sadly Abba Moro deserves all he got from Buhari same as Dasuki—-cause they worked behind the scene to aid the CIA install Buhari as president-while with Jonathan—

  • Wale

    Arrest Jonathan NOW.
    omo ole Jati jati
    thanks OBJ; You’ll get yours.

    • Burning Spear

      Baba abeji————-Obj was the President of the Federal Reblic of Nigeria when the first set of applicants died in the NIS recruitment-exercise–in Edo state—

      • Hans Oreva

        you want to play football with pple lives…according to you guguru an ekpa logic, due to jonathan’s incompetence to prosecute thieves and criminals under his predecessor OBJ and Yar’adua, PMB should follow suit and sweep moro thievery under the carpet or let’s leave the fresh 2014 episode we remember and start investigating a 2006 or 2008 incident? if you spit on the memory of your dead fellow country man must you force us all to adopt your dirty antics? not all of us are morally bankrupt like you and your ilks!

  • Burning Spear

    Hear Premium Times for the eye service Efcc—-that–( 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) unqote-

    Does this comment make sense-to Madu the head of Efcc-?–No money was set aside for the recruitment exercise—and that was why the vacancies were not advertised–And a media house is asking why—-na waya for Nigeria—If no money was budgeted for the project—where then does efcc expect NIS to obtain money for the exercise?–From Buhari or Obj abi Damjuma?—When we were told that the same incident took place during the era of Obj where several applicants died–as a result of which NIS refused to advertise—-Is Obj als on trial now?—This is just one of those silly cases that EFC often dabbles into just to enable them score cheap political pioints for the fake anti corruption crusade of Buhari—Until Amaechi–Fashola—–Fayemi–Tinubu——Dambazua and Prof Yakubu head of INEC—–among others are put in the dock-there is no hope for the anti corruption war——Maybe that is why the rogues in APC have continued to pad the budget—-via Buhari in spite of his alleged anti-corruption status-Sadly Abba Moro deserves all he is getting from Buhari same as Dasuki—-cause they worked behind the scene to aid the CIA install Buhari as president-while chopping from Jonathan—

    • Observer

      lol, if you like hug transformer, the arrest still goes on

      • Burning Spear

        Alapkere–truth is bitter——————–

    • excel

      Another arm robber. Your days are numbered

    • Gugurus Ekpa

      Smoldering Spear,

      Are you diapers getting soaked? You sound like you need new diapers. Which diaper size do you need—size 3?

      • Otile

        Diaper sniffer.

        Talk about something reasonable not about your Sambisa diapers. Islamic terrorist.

        • Gugurus Ekpa

          Otile,

          Is size 4 diapers what you need?

      • Burning Spear

        It Is Freedom Or Hell under Buhari in Nigeria. Justice Must be Just

        This is not about Metuh alone but to over a hundred media men and bloggers being incarcerated in secret cells across the country and others receiving death threats from government agents and supporters in Nigeria.

        Your silence is only helping to endorse the new dictator in Nigeria. General Buhari”wake up now before it is too late—————-

        • Gugurus Ekpa

          Smoldering spear,

          What are you babbling about? Have you ultra-soaked your diapers?

  • Spoken word

    Bastards.

  • Justice Nigeriana

    Aware many Nigerians do not know that NIS has became a notorious agency for never getting it right with its various recruitment exercises since 2006 when Obasanjo was president of Nigeria when many Nigerian died in Edo state- In the one conducted in 2008, which was equally shoddily handled, 15 deaths from stampede were recorded in Kwara, Enugu and Edo states. But our concern today is the one that Interior Minister, Abba Moro conducted in 2014. Nigeria we hail thee–this is what we call Justice Nigeriana-

    • ConScience

      And so when GEJ chose NOT to hold anyone accountable for prior offences during his or his predecessor’s tenure is it for Buhari to go in search of this. When GEJ chose to ignore and claim it is business as usual is that also PMB’s fault?

      • Marcus Garvey

        It Is Freedom Or Hell under Buhari in Nigeria. Justice Must be Just

        This is not about Metuh alone but to over a hundred media men and bloggers being incarcerated in secret cells across the country and others receiving death threats from government agents and supporters in Nigeria.

        Your silence is only helping to endorse the new dictator in Nigeria. General Buhari”wake up now before it is too late-

  • clairvoyance

    I hope David Mark’s wife get’s her day in court as well she owes the company used in defrauding those poor job seekers. Gej’s government was the Alpha of corruption and wickedness this nation ever witnessed.

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    For goodness sake, why would the government be charging this man for money laundering? A man whose greed and propensity for corruption and ill-gotten wealth caused the death of 19 graduates from struggling families that will never recover from the shock and bereavement. Till date, no compensation has been paid to any of the families, the promise made by GEJ government to employ the relatives of the deceased was not fulfilled, and some of the numerous injured persons are still in hospitals without government attention. Do we care so less about human lives in this country? Abba Moro should be charged for manslaughter and swindling.

    • Marcus Garvey

      it was 0ver 15 that died under the same project during the era of obasanjo–we are all created equal before the Almighty God and our laws knows no tribal marks–Sadly he worked for the Apes in Apc like dasuki——–so it serves him right

      • Sean

        You’re very sick! Sick inwards and outwards!!

  • excel

    Sanity has been restored. Impunity that was legalized under jonathan has come to an end.

    • Marcus Garvey

      It Is Freedom Or Hell under Buhari in Nigeria. Justice Must be Just

      This is not about Metuh alone but to over a hundred media men and bloggers being incarcerated in secret cells across the country and others receiving death threats from government agents and supporters in Nigeria.

      Your silence is only helping to endorse the new dictator in Nigeria. General Buhari”wake now before it is too late-

    • Marcus Garvey

      stealing of National budgets to u means bringing santiy into the polity abi-For how much u sell your consience to Fulani Buhari—————Mumu Oturugbeke————————–

  • Otile

    It is dangerous for Buhari to have close ties with (IS), At least 31 people have been killed in bombings near a market in eastern Baghdad, Iraqi officials say. The blasts happened at the Shia district of Sadr City and were caused by two suicide bombers. The so-called Islamic State (IS) group says its militants had carried out the attacks and more would follow.

    The mainly Sunni group, which controls large swathes of northern and western Iraq, has attacked numerous Shia targets in the country recently. Sunday’s blasts, the worst to hit Baghdad in recent months, injured at least 50 other people, Iraqi officials said.

  • Dolapo A. Johnson

    EDITOR SIR,

    Something psychiatric is going on in Nigeria!

    Yesterday in Lagos there was no electricity throughout on Lagos mainland.
    There was no water supplied to the taps either, and in addition, there was no
    petrol at the fuel station. In that grimy existence, Nigerians lived in the dark,
    struggling with heat, rats and mosquitoes for space. Yet, they continue with
    falsehood on a diet of lies they tell to one another to make concrete their own
    half-empty lives of smells, dirt and deceit. I am begging Premium Times to come
    to Nigeria for just one week and see these things. Let the world know that in
    Nigeria, there might be sub-humans who have not evolved from ape to Man. No
    amount of money can save such lies-telling and thievish and people from
    eventual mutual destruction.

    I want Premium Times to help us, please. Nigerians are not normal people again.
    Nigerians do the wrong things and they expect a good country. They rape, they
    kill, they steal and they bear false witness; and generally tell lies on any matter
    requiring honesty. They then create false titles in their sub-human existence
    and confer honour on those who rob the country. Something psychiatric is going
    on in Nigeria! Those they falsely describe as ‘elder statesmen’ are crass thieves,
    for the most part. The country is now worse suffering than the Palestinians that
    President Buhari blusters to free.

    • Marcus Garvey

      It Is Freedom Or Hell under Buhari in Nigeria. Justice Must be Just

      This is not about Metuh alone but to over a hundred media men and bloggers being incarcerated in secret cells across the country and others receiving death threats from government agents and supporters in Nigeria.

      Your silence is only helping to endorse the new dictator in Nigeria. General Buhari”wake up now before it is too late———–

      • Sean

        You’re an imbecile!

        • IZON Redeemer

          Ibo man what makes me an Imbecile—from the Niger delta——is Buhari not also prosecuting u Ibo ethnic group for entertainment sake–lack of vision and focus—————-Then Buhari stole the Budget of madness again

  • Marcus Garvey

    It Is Freedom Or Hell under Buhari in Nigeria. Justice Must be Just

    This is not about Metuh alone but to over a hundred media men and bloggers being incarcerated in secret cells across the country and others receiving death threats from government agents and supporters in Nigeria.

    Your silence is only helping to endorse the new dictator in Nigeria. General Buhari”wake up now before it is too late-

    • Prophet

      With extreme prejudice and no reservations do we speak the following Yoruba phrase to you:
      Igbe ngbon e!

  • everything about GMB is fake

    Nigerian Immigration Service on Tuesday said the vacant posts in the agency were not advertised because it wanted to avoid a repeat of the rush during the 2006 recruitment exercise when as many as 23 applicants died under former President Obasanjo.

    The service had come under fire for allegedly conducting a recruitment exercise without advertisement, allotting slots to Patience, and favouring applicants from the South-East where the NIS Controller, Rose Uzoma, comes from.

    Uzoma also allegedly offered hundreds of job slots to top government functionaries, (the Presidency, 250 slots); (Jonathan’s mother, 40 slots); First Lady, 100 slots); (Interior Minister, Abba Moro, 100 slots); (two commissioners of the Immigration board, 30 slots each); and (the Federal Character Commission, 250 slots.)

    The House of Representatives Committee on Federal Character, which was said to have begun an investigation into the exercise, was reported to have asked the NIS to suspend the exercise.

    Uzoma, who appeared before the House committee to defend the accusations reportedly told the lawmakers that the service did not advertise the jobs so as not to unknowingly employ terrorists or attract so many unqualified applicants.

    The NIS boss also claimed she obtained approval from the Head of Service of the Federation to employ 4,560 persons. Yet more than 6.7m applicants turned up in 2014 for the exercise nationwide.

    But the NIS Public Relations Officer, Joachim Olumba, told our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday that thousands of applicants had submitted applications to the service, adding that the qualified ones were recently shortlisted for possible employment.

    He said, “The media reports on the recruitment were mischievous and far from the truth. We didn’t advertise the vacancies because we don’t want a repeat of what happened during the 2006 recruitment exercise when many applicants died.”

    Meanwhile, the Minister of Interior, has cancelled the exercise following the controversy that has surrounded the process.

    The minister’s directive was contained in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Ubong Udoh.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Stealing from the poor unemployed youth. This man deserves the hottest part of hell. He ought to face charges of criminal dereliction of duty leading to deaths because his recklessly arranged interview lead to the deaths of young unemployed youth.

    • ??????????

      @tawandaincommunicado:disqus

      First question first. If Goodluck Jonathan went to school and learnt anything there why did Jonathan

      fail to bring this case to justice but simply swept it under the carpet as if he was a president of thieves?

      • Burning Spear

        u are a sick Ibo man period—Did obasanjo commit the same crime in 2006–most of u are nothing but self made regional hypocrites————–a disgrace to the ethnic groups that u all claim to hail from–in the old regions of Nigeria——————if in 2006 over 23 humans died while searching for job in NIS—then in 2014 another set of 20 dies—and u prosecute that which occured in 2014 and leave the man that handled the incident that occured –in 2006–U deserve to be roasted alive in hell–fire—–Roasted like a piece of native Yam————-for all are equal before the law regardless of our regional tribal marks–Sadly the mumu Abba worked against the government of Jonathan—same as dasuki-ati Obj—-so he must pay for his sins—————————-against the Ijaw nation—-ati Nigeria—

    • Burning Spear

      Did obasanjo commit the same crime in 2006–most of u are nothing but self made regional hypocrites————–a disgrace to the ethnic groups that u all claim to hail from–in the old regions of Nigeria——————if in 2006 over 23 humans died while searching for job in NIS—then in 2014 another set of 20 dies—and u prosecute that which occured in 2014 and leave the man that handled the incident that occured –in 2006–U deserve to be roasted alive in hell–fire—–Roasted like a piece of native Yam————-for all are equal before the law regardless of our regional tribal marks–Sadly the mumu Abba worked against the government of Jonathan—same as dasuki-ati Obj—-so he must pay for his sins—————————-against the Ijaw nation—-ati Nigeria—

    • tundemash

      TAWANDA, so where was the Ineffective Buffoon you asked us to give 4 more years so this ex-Minister can kill more Nigerians ?
      Why didn’t the Ineffective Buffoon prosecute the murderer, Abba Moro ???

  • pointblankers

    GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN IS THE MOST USELESS PRESIDENT NIGERIA HAS EVER HAD.

    HE WAS IMMORAL TO HIS BONES AND HE WAS SO IMMORAL HE SAW STEALING AS NORMAL.

    • IZON Redeemer

      There are no specific laws, to the best of my knowledge, guiding or regulating prosecution of corruption and financial crimes. They come within the same purview, within the same Administration of Criminal Justice Act at the federal level. Like in Lagos, we have the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, Criminal Code, Penal Code and all the procedural and adjectival and substantive laws regulating them. As someone who has defended the accused or defendant in some of these cases, the only thing I see is that the prosecution at the EFCC seems to be biting more than it can chew. It is not compulsory that you have to prosecute for the sake of prosecution or entertaining. To me, there are some of the cases that you can ask the accused to return the money. Some of these cases are not criminal.

      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.

  • favourtalk

    We can see the old work been done by the EFCC so far, we are really happy about this and God almighty will be going and helping you to fight the battle Saint those tat nearly collapse Nigeria system

    • Burning Spear

      An unthinking thinker—-from the old regions of Nigeria———for how much—–u express such satanic views———Oil was discovered in 1957 and not 2011 when jonathan became president—–Monkey

  • 9ja deserves better dan Buhari

    There are no specific laws, to the best of my knowledge, guiding or regulating prosecution of corruption and financial crimes. They come within the same purview, within the same Administration of Criminal Justice Act at the federal level. Like in Lagos, we have the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, Criminal Code, Penal Code and all the procedural and adjectival and substantive laws regulating them. As someone who has defended the accused or defendant in some of these cases, the only thing I see is that the prosecution at the EFCC seems to be biting more than it can chew. It is not compulsory that you have to prosecute for the sake of prosecution or entertaining. To me, there are some of the cases that you can ask the accused to return the money. Some of these cases are not criminal.

    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.

    But the Presidency has accused the judiciary of being its headache in the fight against corruption?I want to plead with the executive, let us stop saying that the judiciary is the headache of Nigeria. The judiciary is not the headache of Nigeria. Nigeria has many headaches, not just one. Our roads are bad, our children are roaming the streets and nobody is talking about unemployment, people are hungry, people are dying and our hospi–Olonipekun

  • David Adeniran

    Most honestly, these vampires have NO CONSCIENCE! I am still shocked!!! You took money from unemployed downtrodden Nigerians in search of employment; the scandal led to the death of some applicants. Notwithstanding these two fundamental evils, you still went ahead to buy choice properties for yourselves from such blood money? Yet the sitting President did absolutely nothing to address all these scandals? What manner of a leader is Jonathan for God’s sake? I am still completely shocked! These people deserve only one thing: A DEATH SENTENCE!

  • Ola

    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