Abuja - A Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded a former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, and a deputy director in the ministry, F. O Alayebami, in prison pending the hearing of their bail applications scheduled for Wednesday.
Moro was remanded at Kuje prison after he pleaded not guilty to an 11-count criminal charge that was preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Justice Anwuli Chikere on Monday ordered their remand in prison shortly after they were arraigned on 11 counts of N675m fraud bordering on the botched March 15, 2014 National Immigration Services recruitment exercise.
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But the judge allowed one of the accused persons, Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, who is a former Permanent Secretary in the ministry, to continue enjoying the administrative bail granted her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on February 22.
The EFCC on Monday arraigned Moro, Daniel-Nwobia and Alayebami along with the firm contracted to execute the recruitment exercise, Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd over the botched immigration recruitment exercise that saw the deaths of no fewer than 20 people across the country in 2014.
Justice Chikere adjourned the case till next week Wednesday to consider whether or not the former Minister and his alleged accomplice should be released on bail pending their trial.
- News 24