The former Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), David Parradang, has told a Federal High Court in Abuja, that he was not aware of the recruitment exercise by the service that claimed the lives of a number of applicants.
He stated that the former minister of interior, Abba Moro unilaterally carried out the exercise, side-lining the service,
Parradang, who spoke as the first prosecution witness during commencement of the trial of Mr Moro, revealed, that he was shocked when he saw reports in the media about a recruitment exercise by the Service.
“In September, I was referred to a publication in one of the dailies that NIS was recruiting officers into assistant superintendent cadre, inspectorate and assistant inspectorate cadre.
“I was surprised about the recruitment exercise because as a comptroller-general, I was not aware of it,’’ he said.
According to him, he called two board members to ask if they were in the know of any recruitment advert for the NIS, but they too said they were not aware of it.
Moro is being prosecuted on an 11-count charge of advance fee fraud, money laundering and breach of Public Procurement Act to the tune of N676.6 million.
He was arraigned alongside the former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Anastasia Nwobia, F.O. Alayebami and Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited.
Moro was accused of defrauding 676, 675 applicants of N676, 675, 000, being the aggregate of N1000 paid by each applicant to Drexel ahead of the NIS recruitment.
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