A Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded a former Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, and a deputy director in the ministry, F. O Alayebami, in prison pending the hearing of their bail applications scheduled for Wednesday.
According to PUNCH, Justice Anwuli Chikere on Monday ordered their remand in prison shortly after they were arraigned on 11 counts of N675m fraud bordering on the botched March 15, 2014 National Immigration Services recruitment exercise except Mrs. Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, former Permanent Secretary in the ministry, who was granted administrative bail.
The accused persons who were represented by separate lawyers on Monday, pleaded not guilty to the 11 counts, when the charges were read to them.
The company, Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd was not represented by anybody and a not-guilty plea was recorded for it.
The prosecution accused the defendants of offences bordering on obtaining money by false pretences, procurement fraud and money laundering