The Federal Government today filed an 11 count charge against former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, and three others before the Federal High Court, Abuja. The charges marked FHC/ABJ/CR/42/2016, were filed by the EFCC on behalf of the Federal government.
The EFCC said in an announcement by its Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, on Tuesday, that a breakdown of the cash inferred that N1,000 was supposedly blackmailed from every candidate through e-installment for the online application.
To this end, the EFCC will charge Moro on 11 counts verging on obtaining money by false pretences, procurement fraud and money laundering.
Likewise to be charged close by the ex-minister are Anastasia Nwobia, F.O. Alayebami and Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited.
In spite of prior reports, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Housing, Abubakar Magaji, was not captured by the EFCC. Maybe, the lasting secretary got by the EFCC on Monday was Nwobia.
The denounced persons were charged to have negated the Public Procurement Act No. 65 of 2007 in the agreement grants by not taking after the essential methodology set around the government.
By EFCC, the grant of the agreement to Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited had no earlier promotion, no requirements evaluation and an acquirement arrangement was not completed before the grant of the agreement.
The commission included that there was no budgetary procurement for the activity in the 2014 government spending plan, consequently, the candidates were made to hold up under the obligation of financing the venture without the endorsement of the board, as opposed to Section 22(5) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission Act, 2000.
The statement reads in part, “Barring any last-minute change, former Minister of the Interior, Abba Moro, is to be arraigned on 11 counts bordering on obtaining money by false pretences, procurement fraud and money laundering.
“Moro, Anastasia Nwobia, F.O. Alayebami and Mahmood Ahmadu (everywhere) and Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd professedly duped Nigerian candidates to the tune of N676,675,000 speaking to N1,000 per candidate through e-installment for their online enlistment exercise into the Nigeria Immigration Service on March 17, 2013.
“The agreement was granted through specific tendering technique by welcome of four firms without looking for endorsement of the Bureau for Public Procurement in opposition to segments 40, 42 and 43 of the Public Procurement Act, No. 65 of 2007 and culpable under Section 58 of the same demonstration.
“Drexel Tech Global Nigeria Limited, the organization that gave the online enrollment and enlistment administrations, is said to be unregistered and had no lawful ability to go into the said contract.”
By EFCC, out of the N676m, one of the blamed persons, Mahmood Ahmadu, who is everywhere, lavished over N423m in conspiracy with Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited.
Clarifying how the cash was spent, the commission said, “The aggregate of N202,500,000 was spent on buy of a property in a decision zone of the Federal Capital Territory; N120,100,000 was utilized as a part of redesigning a property in Abuja, while a sum of N101,200,000 was changed over to United States dollars for individual use.”
The suit, FHC/ABJ/CR/42/2016, was embraced by a chief in the commission’s Legal Department, Aliyu Yusuf, The PUNCH’s discoveries uncovered.
Aside from the charges of acquiring cash by false misrepresentations, the ex-clergyman and others were additionally blamed for rupturing the Public Procurement Act with the way they went about the enlistment contract supposedly honored to Drexel.
Then, the behavior of the enlistment test in March, 2014, prompted the demise of no less than 20 candidates while numerous others were harmed in charges in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Minna.
There was no sign on Tuesday if the case had been allocated to a judge, it was learnt that the respondents may be summoned on Wednesday (today).