- Witnesses have revealed how Abba Moro and others shared N675 million
- The witnesses said the money was collected as payment for application forms from job seekers
- The witnesses also listed banks involved in the payments of the money
Witnesses in the ongoing trial of the former minister of interior, Abba Moro, has revealed to the court how N675 million received from Nigerian Immigration Service job applicants was shared.
The two witnesses who appeared before the Federal High Court in Abuja said Moro and many others were involved in the recruitment scam.
The witnesses - a former Head of Finance of Payforme Services Nigeria Limited, Augustine Ugorji, and an employee of Keystone Bank, Bilikisu Mohammed, testified as the fifth and sixth prosecution witnesses.
Ugorji told the court that Payforme was engaged by Drexel, the company that handled the recruitment exercise for NIS to provide online platform for the collection of application fee.
He said: “Provision of payment site or payment platform to receive the payment from applicants was sub-let to payforme.
“The process required the applicant to go to the website of the client. In this case, indirectly, the client was Ministry of Interior, because we did not have a direct dealing with the ministry.
“The applicant completed the form before he would then pay. The applicants were given opportunity to pay either through bank or card.
“The application would be validated and re-directed to the client’s site for update.
“Payforme does not receive cash, so we entered into agreement with banks to collect payments from the applicants."
He further listed various banks involved in the payment process as Union Bank, United Bank of Africa, Diamond Bank, Zenith Bank, Sterling Bank, Ecobank and Enterprise Bank.
He said the services for the N1,000 for the payment for application form by the job seekers was handled through Interswitch
Ugorji said: “The agreement between Drexel and Ministry of Interior was for each applicant to pay N1,000 and Drexel agreed to pay Payforme N150 from the N1,000.
“From the N150, Payforme was paid N80 and and N70 to the banks.
“The balance of N850 went to Drexel
“The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System, where banks do their clearing, was paid by Payforme in line with an agreement.
“We had 675,675 that made payment through our platform.”
Also testifying, the sixth prosecution witness said: “The account was opened on August 19, 2013 as a corporate account with two signatories — William Butau and Amodu Mahmud, who is the chief executive officer of the company.
“The first transaction that went into the account was in September 2013 and the amount was N20,000 for legal fees.
“Then, there were two major inflows into the account. The first was sometime in October 2013, the amount was 462,470,000."
Augustine said the amount - N111,967,200 - was put in a fixed deposit while the second inflow was sometime in November 2013.
After hearing on the matter, the judge over the case, Nnamdi Dimgba, adjourned till November 7 and 8 for trial.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the trial of Moro commenced on February 29, 2016, at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Moro was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the N650 million NIS recruitment scandal which claimed the lives of some job seekers.
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