NIS Recruitment Saga: Court Discharges Former Interior Minister Of Criminal Charges

 


The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has discharged Former Minister of Interior, Senator Abba Moro of criminal charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the 2014 Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment tragedy.

The court held that the anti-graft agency failed to establish ingredients of fraud that could link the law maker with the alleged offense.

Justice Dimgba while discharging the Former Minister from the alleged fraud aspect of the recruitment exercise, however, ordered that he defends himself in the public procurement aspect of the charges.

Justice Dimgba further said that the fact that human lives were lost and injuries sustained during the stampede made it imperative for the defendant to offer explanation on the preparations employed.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, while delivering ruling in a no case submission, however, discharged and acquitted Dretex Tec Nigeria limited and its owner, Alhaji Ahmadu Mohammed from the entire charges.

Dretex was a private information communication technology company used by the Ministry of Interior under Abba Moro, to carry out the 2013 recruitment exercise that brought about the criminal trial.

The court therefore fixed October 29th and 30th for the defendant to open his defence

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