Recruitment tragedy: Court frees Abba Moro, jails ex- Perm Sec

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Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, a former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Interior, has been convicted by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The convict was charged alongside Senator Abba Moro and others in connection with a botched immigration recruitment in 2014 that resulted in the deaths of approximately 20 people.

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F. O Alayebami, a Deputy Director in the Ministry; Mahmood Ahmadu (at large); and Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd., the contracting firm hired for the recruitment.

However, Justice Dimgba has postponed Anastasia Daniel-sentencing Nwobia’s until April 27.

The former Permanent Secretary was convicted on count four of the charge, which carries a maximum jail term of five years without the option of a fine, according to the court.


Abba Moro and others were charged with 11 counts of obtaining by false pretense, procurement fraud, and money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

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They were charged right away before Justice Anwuli Chikere of a Federal High Court in Abuja for their roles in the botched immigration recruitment on March 15, 2014.

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