Federal Government Contracts A Fraudster to Produce Visas

The Federal Government of Nigeria has contracted a fraudster, her anti corruption agency, the EFCC prosecuted, to produce Visas for people wishing to travel to Nigeria.

Mahmood Ahmadu, together with his former company Drexel Tech, was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on two counts of fraud and three counts of money laundering.

Also charged along side Mr. Ahmadu were 3 others and former Interior Minister and now Senator Abba Moro, of Benue South for fraud and the breach of public procurement act.

Mr. Mahmood, who was conferred with the honorary title of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) is highly regarded in Nigeria and is said to have a lot of connections within the top echelons of the society.

While his lawyers denied the charges once levelled against their client, the EFCC had prosecuted him and others for the organizing the failed Immigration recruitment by the Ministy of Interior, that led to a stampede and the death of many Nigerians in 2013.

“I was surprised about the recruitment exercise because I was not aware of it,” then NIS Controller General, David Paradang, later told the Federal High Court in Abuja

The EFCC has said that Mr Ahmadu, who the charge sheet describes as “at large”, and the co-accused, made a total of 677m naira (£1.4m; $1.6m) from the recruitment exercise.

The case against Mr. Ahmadu is still opened according to an investigation by BBC.

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