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Reason Why EFCC Arrested Abba Moro

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arrested a former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, over the Nigerian Immigration recruitment scam in which no fewer than 20 job seekers died.

A source from the anti-graft agency said on Monday evening that Moro will soon be arraigned in court of competent jurisdiction as soon as it finalises its investigation.

In 2014, the immigration service under his watch organised a recruitment exercise nationwide on the same day and due to the massive crowd, officials of the immigration were unable to effectively control the crowd which led to the death of some young graduates.

After the March 15 tragedy, several Nigerians demanded the resignation or dismissal of Moro and the Comptroller-General of Immigration, David Parradang, as well as their criminal prosecution for involuntary homicide.

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They were accused of putting in place a sham recruitment process that enabled the interior ministry to extort at least N520 million in compulsory levy imposed on applicants.

The minister, who initially blamed impatience and refusal by applicants to abide by instructions for the tragedy, later accepted responsibility for the incident.

The EFCC had reopened investigation into the NIS recruitment tragedy with the interrogation of a former Comptroller General of Immigration, David Paradang, on September 15, 2015.

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