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NIS recruitment scandal: Court sentences  Daniel-Nwobia to one-year community service

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Ex-permanent secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Mrs. Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, has been sentenced to one-year community service, among other penalties by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The presiding judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had, in a judgment on April 5, 2022, convicted Mrs. Daniel-Nwobia for breaching the Public Procurement Act (PPA) by adopting the selective tendering procedure in the award of the e-recruitment process in the botched recruitment exercise conducted by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in 2014, without the approval of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).

The NATION reports that only Mrs. Daniel-Nwobia was convicted out of the four defendants in the case marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/42/2016 prosecuted by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) through its lawyer, Samuel Chime.

In a ruling on Wednesday, Justice Dimgba ordered Mrs. Daniel-Nwobia to teach in any two out of four named Federal Government-owned training institutions for one year at her expense, without cost to the government.

The training institutions among which she is to teach a course in “compliance with the PPA” in two are the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) Training School, Abuja; the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Training School; Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), and National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies(NIPSS), Jos.

Justice Dimgba also ordered Mrs. Daniel-Nwobia to forfeit 50 per cent of her pension savings for five years and directed that her pension fund administrator – the StanbicIBTC Pension Managers Ltd) – be served with the court order to that effect.

 

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