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Again, EFCC Summons Abba Moro Over NIS Tragedy

moroThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has again summoned Mr. Abba Moro, former Minister of Interior, to report to its Economic Governance Unit, on Thursday, following an investigation into the tragic Nigeria Immigration Service’s recruitment of May 2014 that resulted in the death of 19 applicants.

It was learnt that a team of investigators handling the case of the former minister directed him to report at the commission’s headquarters on Thursday because his interrogation was not concluded on Tuesday.

Moro was on Tuesday interrogated by the operatives of the commission over the conduct of the recruitment tragedy.
The ex-minister was given an administrative bail on Tuesday but was asked to return on Thursday for a continuation of the process.
He was released on Tuesday evening on administrative bail, and expected to report to the commission for a continuation of the interrogation on Thursday (today).

The EFCC had on September 15, 2015, reopened investigation into the NIS recruitment tragedy with the interrogation of Mr. David Paradang, a former Comptroller General of Immigration.
The team of investigators, who interviewed Paradang, focussed on the conduct of the failed recruitment and how N600m extorted from the applicants in 2014 was spent.

It was gathered that top officials of the Ministry of Interior and the Civil Defence, Fire, Prison Services Boards, who conducted the interviewed, declared N45m as the money collected from the job seekers.

It was learnt that Paradang’s testimony before the commission, in which he exonerated himself of responsibility for the conduct of the exercise, made the commission to expand the scope of the investigation.

It was learnt that the commission may Likely invite some of the members of the board after the sessions with Moro on Tuesday in the bid to trace how the remaining N555m collected from the applicants was spent.

The members of the board are S.D. Tapgun (CDFIPB); JaeI Kpatuvvak, Deputy Director (A&P), CDFIPB; Okhamera A. I., Asst. Director (Admin), CDFIPB; Bello Torankawa, Asst. Director (A&P), CDFIPB; Hamid Abdul-Lamid, Asst. Director (IMM), CDFIPB; Aduku, M. M., Asst. Director (D&GP), CDFIPB; and Oyedeji, T.V., CIS (APU), NIS.

Others are Abubakar A. A., Interior ministry; Chukwu O. C., Rep. Asst. Director (F&A), CDFIPB; I. M. Makama, L. A, CDFIPB; Nasiru Yusuf, ICT Unit, CDFIPB; . Shehu Mohammed, Deputy Director (D. &GP), CDFIPB; Mukah O. S., Chief Admin. Officer (FFS); Theodore Maiyaki, Drexei Tech.; William Butau, Drexel Tech; and Abioye Bankole, Drexei Tech.

By Patrick Aigbokhan

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