Saturday, 11 June 2016

How Moro overruled GEJ on fatal Immigration recruitment – Paradang

A former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), David Paradang, said yesterday that former minister of interior, Abba Moro, overruled ex-president Goodluck Jonathan on the recruitment exercise which resulted in the death of scores of people in 2014.

Moro is facing trial over alleged money laundering alongside Anastasia Daniel Nwobia, a former permanent secretary and Femi Alayebami, a director in the ministry as well as Drexel Technical Nigeria Ltd.

Paradang, who was testifying before a Federal High Court in Abuja, said Jonathan in March 2015 directed that three relatives of each of the dead victims of the March 17, 2014 tragedy be offered automatic employment in the NIS, but Moro cancelled the order.

The witness, who was a member of the presidential committee that verified the claims of the victims, said Moro dumped the presidential letter on the grounds that it was “illegal.”

Led in evidence by prosecution counsel Aliyu Yusuf, Paradang also testified that there was no budgetary provision for the recruitment exercise, which forced the Civil Defence, Immigration and Prisons Service Board (CDIPB) to source the money from Drexel.

He said despite the lack of funds, the board wrote him only a day earlier informing him that the exercise would hold across the nation the following day.

The ex-CG said the board told him that a paltry sum of N300, 000 was sent to each of the zonal commands of the service for hiring of venue and other logistics.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba adjourned the case to July 1 for further hearing.

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