Former Minister for Interior, Abba Moro was re-arraigned before the Federal High Court, Abuja over his role in the botched 2014 Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment exercise on Wednesday.

He was arraigned with a former Permanent Secretary in the Interior Ministry, Mrs. Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia‎, an ex-director in the ministry, Felix .O Alayebami and a firm, Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited, on February 29 on an 11-count charge.

They were charged over their alleged involvement in the botched 2014 recruitment exercise of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) while Moro was Minister.

They were accused of defrauding 675, 675 graduate applicants of about N675,675,000 having been made to pay N1000 each as processing fees for 5,000 (five thousand) job openings.

The four defendants also were accused of breaching 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.

Their re-arraignment Wednesday before Justice Dimgba was informed by the sudden withdrawal from the case by the former trial judge, Justice Anwuri Chikere.

Trial was to commence before Justice Chikere on April 27, when suddenly she brought proceedings to a close by announcing her withdrawal from the case, citing “personal reasons.”

The accused pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them. Following their plea, trial judge; Justice Nnamdi Dimgba allowed them to remain on the bail earlier granted them.

He adjourned the case to June 8 for the commencement of trial.

 

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