- 23 INEC officials have been charged to court for rigging Rivers state rerun
- They were accused of collecting the sum of N350 million naira from Rivers state governor
The federal government of Nigeria on Tuesday, March 7, dragged twenty-three officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The twenty-three officials are facing charges of money laundering and bribery that was allegedly committed during Rivers state election rerun.
Punch reports that the INEC officials were accused of receiving N350 million from Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state during the December 10, 2016 election.
The names of the affected officials are:
1) Shittu Mohammed Lamido (Shettima)
2) Henry Owokure
3) Peter Ewatade
4) Mrs. Mary Jummai Tunkoyo Pennap
5) Gwatana Jibril
6) Ivase Stephen
7) Abdullahi Ogabo
8) Gayus Hassan
9) Hussaina Yahaya
10) James Ogwuche
11) Karimu Aminu
12) Adedokun Najeem Ayotunde
13) Balogun Funmilayo
14) Adams Kadiri
15) Akinwande Adesoji
16) Lukeman Olabimpe
17) Tiamiyu Arowolo
18) Akinwoye Amodu
19) Nwoha Yusuf
20) Patrick Anuke
21) Iro Abali
22) Nwosu Oluchi
23) Arukwe Chinelo
PAY ATTENTION: Get the latest News on NAIJ.com News App
The 23 INEC officials allegedly between December 7 and 10, 2016 converted, concealed, were in possession of and used the sum of N350m bribe in violations of various provisions of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 and the Economic and Financial Crimes (Establishment, etc) Act, 2004.
The case as not been assigned to a judge and no date is fixed yet for the arraignment of the accused persons.
Meanwhile, a top INEC official says the 227 officials indicted in joint investigations by the EFCC, DSS and police would be suspended this week.
The suspension is preparatory to prosecution of the indicted officials by the office of the attorney-general of the federation.