Tension as EFCC goes after former Minister, four others

By Post Nigeria February 24, 2016 17:27

Tension as EFCC goes after former Minister, four others

Following the arrest of the former Interior Minister, Abba Moro, and four others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Monday, February 22, over the 2014 Nigeria Immigration recruitment scam, the anti-graft agency has disclosed how the cash was diverted.

The anti-graft agency stated that the N676.6 million collected from 676,675 job seekers was used to acquire properties including a building located at No. 1, Lahn Crescent, Maitama, Abuja, while N120 million was lavished on the upgrade of No.2, Sigure Close, Off Monrovia Street, Wuse II Abuja.

Moro and his colleagues are currently facing charges include obtaining by false pretence, procurement offences, corrupt practices and money laundering.

Recall, that no fewer than 20 job seekers died in a stampede during the Nigerian Immigration Recruitment exercise on March 15, 2014 in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Minna due to lack of organization.

However, the EFCC stated that the recruitment firm, Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited and Mahmood Ahmadu converted N101 million to US dollars for personal use despite the failure of the exercise.

The commission therefore filed an 11 counts charge at the Federal High Court in Abuja, against Moro, a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of finance, Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia. Others include: F. O. Alayebami, Mahmood Ahmadu and Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited.

According to an EFCC source, “the charges have been served on all the accused persons in preparation for their arraignment in court.

“We are waiting for the court to give us a date for their arraignment, but they are in our custody,” he said, pleading not to be named, because he is not permitted to talk to the media.

Moro and other accused persons are expected to face trial for Advance Fee Fraud, otherwise known as 419, violation of Public Procurement Act No. 65 of 2007, misconduct, contrary to Section 22(5) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission Act 2000 and offence contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) Act 2011.

The charges are as follows:

“Conspiracy to induce 676,675 applicants to deliver N676,675,000 under false pretence that that necessary procedure have been followed and that the money represents e-payment for online recruitment exercise into the Nigerian Immigration Service.”

“Award of contract for the provision of online enlistment and recruitment services to Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited without advertising the contract which is contrary to Section 45 and punishable under Section 58(5) of the Public Procurement Act, No. 65 of 2007.”

“Award of contract for the provision of online enlistment and recruitment services to Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited and signed by unregistered Drexel Tech Global Nigeria Limited when Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited was not responsive to mandatory prequalification contrary to sections 50(5) and 51 of the Public Procurement Act, No. 65 of 2007 and punishable under Section 58 of the same Act.”

“The sum of N120,100,000 being part of the N676,675,000 obtained from 676,675 Nigerian job applicants seeking employment with the Nigerian Immigration Service to upgrade property at No.2 Sigure Close, Off Monrovia Street, Wuse II Abuja, with the aim of disguising the illicit origin of the said sum knowing same to be proceeds of illegal activity.”

“Obtaining N676,675,000 to buy a property, No 1 Lahn Crescent Maitama, Abuja”

“Award of contract through selective tendering process without approval by the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP)”