The economic and financial Crimes commision has submitte an official report back to the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee on the one hundred electoral officers who allegedly obtained a part of the $115m (N23bn) disbursed on the instruction of a former Minister of Petroleum Assets, Diezani Alison-Madueke, through the construct-as much as the 2015 presidential election.
Sources inside the EFCC instructed considered one of our correspondents that the appearing Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, met with the Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, in Abuja final week.
The report was stated to have contained the result of the investigations and proposals of the anti-graft company on the rip-off.
It was learnt that whereas among the officers would face dismissal for flouting of INEC guidelines, a majority of the officers could be arraigned by the EFCC.
A number of the officers reportedly returned over N300m whereas homes have been recovered from a few of them.
An EFCC operative mentioned, “We now have submitted the report back to INEC and it’s left for the electoral physique to do its half. They are going to information us on prosecution and different issues.
“We heard that a few of the electoral officers have gone to courtroom to cease INEC from dismissing them. Nonetheless, this can not cease us from bringing prison expenses towards them.”
The supply stated the report contained the end result of investigations in 5 geopolitical zones.
“The report incorporates the result of investigations in all of the geopolitical zones besides the North-Central. It is going to be completed later,” the supply added.
He stated two homes and two plazas had been recovered from the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State through the 2015 election, Gesila Khan, whereas her accounts had been frozen.
In keeping with impeccable sources within the EFCC, Khan allegedly obtained N185.8m forward of the March 28 and April eleven, 2015 elections.
The supply additionally revealed that the EFCC had arrested one Fidelia Omoile, who was the INEC electoral officer in Isoko-South Native Authorities Space of Delta State in the course of the 2015 polls.
Aside from tracing over N112.4m to her, the fee additionally recovered some delicate electoral supplies throughout a search on her flats in Edo and Delta states.
The fee additionally arrested one Oluchi Obi Brown, who was the INEC Administrative Secretary in Delta State.
She allegedly acquired over N111.5m.
Additional investigations by detectives revealed that Brown had about $seventy five,000 in an account in america.
The anti-graft company additionally arrested one Edem Okon Effanga, who’s a retired INEC official.
Effanga was arrested alongside his alleged confederate, Immaculata Asuquo, who was the Head, Voter Schooling of INEC in Akwa Ibom State.
Effanga was alleged to have acquired over N241.1m, which he shared amongst INEC advert hoc staff over the last election.
Additionally in Gombe State, eleven electoral officers, who supervised elections within the state through the 2015 basic elections, admitted to receiving N120m out of the N23bn.
The electoral officer for the Akko LGA in Gombe State, Ahmed Biu, and the one in command of Gombe LGA, Mohammed Zannah, allegedly admitted to have collected the bribe from one Yunusa Biri, additionally a retired electoral officer, who acted as Gombe State coordinator of bribes for electoral officers within the state.
The detective gave the names of another detained officers as Godwin Maiyaki, Gambo Balanga, Bukar Benisheik, Dukku, Jibril Muhammed, Billiri, Dunguma Dogona, Funakaye, Mohammed Wanka, Kaltungo, Ishaku Yusuf, Kwami, Suleiman Isawa, Babagana Malami, Shongom and Nuhu Samuel.
When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated he was but to be briefed on the submission of the report.
“I’m not conscious for now,” he stated on Saturday.
In the meantime, there are indications that INEC has eliminated the identify of the previous REC in Rivers State, Khan, on its listing of commissioners within the states.
The Deputy Director, Voter Training and Publicity of INEC, Mr. Nick Dazang, mentioned in a phone dialog
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