The immediate past Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, was today remanded at Kuje prison by Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja, over his alleged complicity in a N676m job scam, after he pleaded not guilty to an 11-count criminal charge preferred against him by EFCC.
Specifically, EFCC alleged that the defendants defrauded 676,675 Nigerian applicants of N676,675,000. Each of the 676,675 applicants were charged N1,000 each for participating in the ill-fated Immigration recruitment exercise where about 20 applicants died.
Besides, he was alleged to have flouted 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, which was not validly registered to operate in Nigeria, and never bided for the contract.
It said the contract was awarded through selective tendering procedure by invitation of 4 firms without seeking the approval of the Bureau for Public Procurement, contrary to sections 40, 42 and 43 of the Public Procurement Act, No. 65 of 2007 and punishable under section 58 of the same act.