130 INEC OFFICIALS TO BE CHARGED TO COURT OVER 73MILLION BRIBE DURING ELECTION

130 INEC OFFICIALS TO BE CHARGED TO COURT OVER 73MILLION BRIBE DURING ELECTION

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to prosecute 130 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over their alleged involvement in N73 million bribery. The money was said to have been used to bribe the officials during the 2015 general elections in Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba states.inec

The N73 million has already been recovered from the INEC staff. Head of operation, Gombe zonal office of EFCC, Aminu Ado Aliyu, said the 130 INEC officials allegedly collected bribes to compromise the elections.

A breakdown of the affected INEC staff shows that Gombe State has 26 staff involved; Adamawa has 86 staff while Taraba has 18. Aliyu, who spoke yesterday in Gombe while reviewing the activities of the Commission in the past 10 months, stated that investigations have been concluded on the matter and that the accused would be charged to court soon.

The commission revealed that it has recovered N183,590,000 from politicians within the zone as part of funds illegally sourced and used in prosecuting 2015 general elections.

According to him, “we received and treated 143 petitions, while 52 cases are still in court.

“We do not concern ourselves with only ridding the society of economic and financial crimes by sending criminals to jail, but we also prevent the   commission of crimes by apprehending fraudsters before they commit havoc by telling the public about their presence and method of operation through advocacy and public enlightenment releases.”

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