Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja has granted permission to former Interior Minister, Abba Moro to travel abroad for medical treatment.
The judge granted Moro the permission on Thursday, shortly after the ex-Minister’s lawyer, Paul Erokoro (SAN) moved a motion to that effect.
Moro is being tried with a former Permanent Secretary in the Interior Ministry, Mrs. Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, an ex-director in the ministry, Felix .O Alayebami and a firm, Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited, on an 11-count charge.
They are being tried over their alleged involvement in the botched 2014 recruitment exercise of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) while Moro was Minister.
They are accused of defrauding 675, 675 graduate applicants of about N675,675,000 having been made to pay N1000 each as processing fees for 5,000 (five thousand) job openings.
The four defendants were also accused of breaching the Public Procurement Act, No. 65 of 2007 in the award of the contract for the organisation of the recruitment test to Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd.
Lawyer to the prosecution, Farouk Abdallah of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), opposed the motion.
He argued that Moro failed to provide sufficient materials to warrant the grant of the motion. He noted that the ex-minister did not show that his ailment cannot be treated in the country, and that he also failed to provide evidence of an appointment with a specialist abroad.
Justice Dimgba, in a brief ruling, ordered the release of Moro’s international passport, currently in the custody of the court’s registrar and directed him to return the passport to the court 48 hours after his return from the two-week medical trip.
The judge also ordered Moro to ensure his presence in court on September 29 for the continuation of their trial.