The former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, David Paradang is telling the Federal High Court Abuja that there was no budget provision for the 2014 botched Immigration recruitment exercise. Paradang stated this while testifying as a first prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of the former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro who is being charged with N676 million recruitment fraud.
Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel the former Comptroller-General told the court that the agency was not ready for the recruitment exercise due to financial constraints. He went further to say that he received a letter from the board of the immigration service a day to the exercise informing him that the recruitment would be carried out.
The prosecution witness informed the court that upon the receipt of the letter, he inquired from the board on the level of preparation and was told that a paltry sum of N300,000 had been sent to the zonal commands for the exercise. He further said that the amount was not even enough to hire a venue for the exercise let alone getting ambulances and other logistics.
Though the prosecution counsel did not speak to journalists but Defence Counsels were on hand to shed more light on what transpired.