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NIS Recruitment Scam: Court Grants Abba Moro, 2 Other Accused Bail

Abba Moro

By Abul Gaffar Bello

Abuja, Nigeria – A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro and two others in the N675 Million employment scandal suit preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in March 2014, through a private firm coordinated the recruitment exercise of the agency (NIS), in which thousands of unemployed Nigerians applied, with payment of N1000 each, as application fee.

No fewer than 20 among the applicants died at different centres across the country, during the purported recruitment test, due to stampede.   

In his ruling Thursday, Justice Anwuli Chikere granted bail to the ex-Minister on self-recognition, while the bail bond of the remaining two accused, including, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia with the sum of N100 Million each, with surety in the like sum.

The Judge also ordered the accused to hand over their international passports and other travel documents to the court Registrar while the trial lasts.

Also, Justice Chikere sustained the liberal bail the EFCC had earlier granted Daniel-Nwobia.

Despite the bail, the presiding Judge held that the suspects should be remanded in the prison until their bail conditions are met and perfected.


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