The former Minister of Interior, Senator Abba Moro, has been discharged and acquitted by a Federal High Court in Abuja over fraud charges in the 2014 Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment exercise.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had accused Moro and two others of conspiracy, procurement fraud, and money laundering during the NIS recruitment exercise.
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The anti-graft agency claimed that the defendants’ actions led to tragedy witnessed during the exercise, with over 14 deaths caused by a stampede in some states.
Others dragged to court by the EFCC are former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, and an ex-director in the ministry, Felix Alayebami.
Delivering judgment on Thursday, the presiding judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba held that the EFCC failed to establish the allegation of fraud against the defendants.
Justice Dimgba dismissed the allegation of abuse of office against Moro over inadequate arrangement and safeguards for the exercise after 667, 000 applicants paid N1, 000 each.