By Sadiq Umar – The Federal High Court, Abuja has granted bail to detained former Interior Minister, Abba Moro, on self recognition.
Mr. Moro and four others are facing an 11- count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence, procurement fraud and money laundering. The allegations bother on his alleged role in the controversial 2014 recruitment exercise by the Nigeria Immigration Services.
Justice Anwuli Chinyere while ruling on the bail application, Thursday in Abuja said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission failed to prove that Mr. Moro would interfere with his trial if granted bail.
The judge however ruled that two other defendants should pay N100 million each with a surety in like sum. The sureties must be of the directorate cadre in the civil service.
The sureties and the defendants are to submit two recent passports as well as their international passports, and the sureties must also have landed properties worth the amount in any part of the country.
Earlier, one of the accused, Anastasia Nwobia, a former Permanent Secretary in the Interior Ministry, was granted bail after her release from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Specifically, Mr. Moro and three other are accused of defrauding 676, 675 applicants of the sum of N676, 675, 000, being the aggregate of N1000 paid by each applicant to Drexel ahead of the recruitment.