lmmigration recruitment exercise: Court frees  Abba Moro , convicts permanent secretary

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has convicted a former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Interior, Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia.

The convict was prosecuted alongside Senator Abba Moro and others over the botched Immigration recruitment in 2014 that led to the death of 20 people. 

Other defendants are a deputy director in the ministry, F. O Alayebami; one Mahmood Ahmadu (at large), and the contracting firm that handled the recruitment job, Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd.

However, Justice Dimgba has deferred sentencing of Mrs Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia to April 27.

The former Permanent Secretary was convicted on count four of the charge, which the court noted, carries maximum jail term of 5 years without an option of fine.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, arraigned the immediate past Interior Minister, Abba Moro, and others on an 11-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence, procurement fraud and money laundering.

They were initially arraigned before Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court, Abuja, for their roles in the botched March 15, 2014 Immigration recruitment.The matter was later transfer to Justice Dimgba.