The Federal Government has opened its case against the former Minister of Interior, Mr Abba Moro, who is standing trial for allegedly swindling Nigerian applicants who applied for jobs at the Nigeria Immigration Service in 2014.
At the resumed trial in Abuja on Friday, the prosecutor, Aliyu Yusuf, called his first witness, a former Comptroller General of Immigration, Mr David Paradang who denied authorising the recruitment exercise that claimed 16 lives with 165 others injured.
He told the court that the Federal Government, under former President Goodluck Jonathan, waded into the exercise by authorising the issuance of employment letters to families of the 15 persons who lost their lives.
Mr Paradang, however, said that the employment letters were later withdrawn by the Ministry of Interior.
Although the prosecutor walked out of the court as soon as the trial was adjourned to July 1, lawyers to the defendants claimed that their clients were not culpable.