Over 200 INEC Officials Face EFCC Panel Over N23bn Bribe

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is currently probing its officials in 20 states for allegedly receiving bribe during the 2015 elections, adding that no fewer than 200 officials have so far been queried.

About N23.29bn was purportedly doled out to INEC officials in a desperate bid to compromise results of the 2015 polls. The cash, according to investigators, came from former Petroleum Resources minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

A panel headed by National Commissioner, Baba Shetiima Arfo is investigating the alleged involvement of some staffers of INEC in the scam.

Speaking during a quarterly consultative meeting with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said he would continue to cooperate with the EFCC.

He stated that the last report given to him by the EFCC involved 16 states, adding that the anti-graft agency was already probing INEC officials in 20 other states.

According to Yakubu, “I want to say that this is the first time in the history of our elections that in one fell swoop, 205 officials were disciplined based on the interim report we received from the EFCC covering 16 states.”

Source: TheWill


 

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