Moro Remains In Prison As Judge Adjourns Ruling On Bail Till Thursday


SAN FRANCISCO, March 02, (THEWILL) –J ustice Anwuli Chikere-led Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned ruling on the application for bail filed by a former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro till Thursday March 3, but ordered the continued remand of the accused at the Kuje Prison until the application is granted.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on Monday arraigned Moro alongside erstwhile Director in the Ministry, F.O. Alayebami as well as a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Anastasia Daniel Nwobia on an 11 count charge bordering on  complicity in a N676m immigration recruitment scam.

The presiding judge had during the last sitting of the court, where Moro and his co-accused persons pleaded not-guilty to the charges, granted administrative bail to the 2nd defendant, Mrs. Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, who is currently nursing a baby.

On Wednesday, the defence counsels argued that the offences for which Moro and Alayebami are standing trial are ordinarily bailable.

The Prosecutor, Aliyu Yusuf, however opposed the application on the grounds that the accused persons may interfere with the trial.

Justice Chikere, having listened to all the arguments, adjourned the matter till Thursday for ruling on the bail application. Meanwhile, the judge had at the start of proceedings ordered journalists out of the court.