RIVERS RERUN: 25 INEC STAFF IN TROUBLE, FACE PROSECUTION

The Indepedent National Electoral Commission on Thursday said that it would prosecute 25 employees of the commission who were indicted by the report of the Joint Police/DSS Special Investigation Panel on the Rivers rerun election of December 10, 2017

The panel had indicted the 25 personnel of the commission for allegedly collecting N111.3m during the rerun election which the panel said was later recovered.

The National Commissioner in charge Voter Education and Publicity, Solomon Soyebi, who made the comment during a press briefing on the report of the Professòr Okechukwu Ibeano’s Panel on the Rivers rerun election in Abuja on Thursday said that the commission would give the necessary cooperation to the police to ensure prosecution of the indicted personnel.

Soyebi also said that the report of the Administrative panel of inquiry set up by the commission to probe the activities of INEC personnel in the Rivers rerun indicted 28 personnel, who faced disciplinary action ‘for gross misconduct, dereliction of duty and negligence.’

He added that the commission accepted the recommendation of the panel to commend some ad hoc staff, permanent staff and security personnel for putting up exceptional performance under difficult situations during rerun election.

The commission commended ‘Prof. Ralph Echebiri and Prof. Oji O. Ekemankama both of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike who served in Rivers West and East Senatorial Districts respectively’ and the Divisional Police Officer who served at Phalga Local Government at the time of the election.

Soyebi stated further that two Corp members, Aguna Isaac and Ademola Oluwatoba, who served as Presiding Officers during the election would be given automatic employment on completion of their service.

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