EFCC Arrests Ex-Minister, Abba Moro, Others Over 2014 Immigration Recruitment Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arrested a former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, over the Nigerian Immigration recruitment scam in which no fewer than 20 job seekers died.

Also arrested by the anti-graft agency were former Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Anaesthesia Nwaobia, and a deputy director who allegedly facilitated the scam.

A source at the commission, who cannot be named because she is not authorised to speak on the matter, said the three suspects were picked up in the evening.

“They were brought into the commission’s headquarters today and will be arraigned on a 12-count charge in the Federal High Court Abuja on Tuesday,” the source said.

Some of the charges against Mr. Moro and his colleagues include obtaining by false pretence, procurement offences, corrupt practices and money laundering.

At least nine job seekers died on March 15, 2014 at the Abuja National Stadium while scrambling to secure seats for a recruitment test into the Nigerian Immigration Service.
The stampede ensued after the over 200,000 job seekers scrambled through a poorly organized barricade at the stadium.

In Port Harcourt, Rivers State, four applicants died from the stampede while 12 others sustained injuries and were rushed to Rivers government-owned Braithwaite Memorial Hospital.

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Nigerians Will Value Jonathan In Future, Says Ex Minister

Erstwhile Minister of Police Affairs, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo, has described the outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan as a hero of democracy, saying that Nigerians will in distant time value him for his love and sacrifice for the country.

Bozimo stated this in Erhowha, Isoko South Local Government Area, Delta State, during the burial of his late father in-law, Chief Ezekiel Ukodie.

According to him, it was wrong to blame the worsening security situation in Nigeria on President Jonathan’s lack of courage or selfish political considerations.

He also said nobody should be held responsible for the acitivities of the Boko Haram sect in the country.

Bozimo, however, flayed the United States for its insincerity to Nigeria in the country’s efforts to muster international support to fight the Boko Haram insurgency.

He said: “You can see what is happening all over the world. I doubt if it is because of economic circumstances. I don’t subscribe to that. When I left (as Police Affairs Minister) in 2007, Boko Haram had just started rearing its ugly head. They were coming in from the Borno axis and I visited there. They burnt down police stations.

“We thought it wasn’t serious or that it was a passing thing, we did the best to arrest the situation. So, I don’t think it is about unemployment”.

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Ex-Minister Dumps PDP On “Personal Reasons”

A former minister of commerce, Mustafa Bello, has announced his intention to withdraw his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party.

In a letter to the chairman of the PDP Central Ward, Kontagora local government area of Niger state, Bello said he was withdrawing his membership of the party“on purely personal reasons”.

According to Premium Times, copies of the letter dated April 12 with reference number MB/12042015@1644 was also sent to the PDP chairman in Kontagora LGA and the chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Niger State Chapter.

The letter, entitled “Notice of intent to relinquish my party membership from the PDP with immediate effect,” reads: “I write to place you on notice that I am relinquishing my party membership of the PDP with immediate effect on purely personal reasons.

“I thank you for the opportunity to associate with you over the last 16 years. Yours sincerely.”

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