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Court quashes criminal charges against Abba Moro

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has discharged the Senator representing Benue South District, Abba Moro from criminal charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba while giving a ruling in a no-case submission, discharged and acquitted Dretex Tec Nigeria limited and its owner Alhaji Ahmadu Mohammed from the entire charges.

The court held that the EFCC failed to establish ingredients of fraud that could link the lawmaker with the alleged offense.

Dretex was a private Information Communication Technology company used by the Ministry of Interior under Senator Abba Moro to carry out the 2014 recruitment exercise that brought about the criminal trial.

Justice Dimgba while discharging the former minister from the alleged fraud aspect of the recruitment exercise, however, ordered him to defend himself on the public procurement aspect of the charges.

The judge held that although the company used for the recruitment had been discharged and acquitted, senator Moro would have to defend himself on the preparations put in place before the Ministry of Interior embarked on the recruitment.

The court adjourned until the 29th of October for the defendant to open his defence.

Ifeoma Nwovu

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