Corruption: INEC awaits EFCC’s report on officers

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NEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission
has said it is waiting for the report of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission on its officers
accused of corruption before taking a decision on
them.

The Director of Voter Education and Publicity at the
commission, Mr. Oluwole Ozasse-Uzi, stated this
in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on
Wednesday.
The EFCC is currently investigating more than 100
officers of the commission for alleged bribery
during the last general election.

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Some Resident Electoral Commissioners of INEC
were alleged to have been bribed by some officials
of the Peoples Democratic Party during the general
election.
For example, a former REC in Rivers State, Mrs.
Gesila Khan, and other top INEC officials in the
South-South geopolitical zone were alleged to
have received N675.1m from a former Minister of
Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
It was gathered that one of the RECs, allegedly
received N185.8m ahead of the March 28 and April
11, 2015 elections.
Based on investigations, the EFCC had arrested one
Oluchi Brown who was INEC administrative
secretary in Delta State.
She was alleged to have received over N11m.
The EFCC was also said to have discovered that
Brown had $75,000 in an account in the United
States of America.
The EFCC operatives also arrested one Edem
Effanga, who is a retired INEC official.
He was arrested alongside his alleged accomplice,
Immaculate Asuquo, who was the Head, Voter
Education, INEC, Akwa Ibom State.
Effang was alleged to have received over N240m
which he allegedly shared among INEC ad hoc
workers during the last election.
Ozasse-Uzi told our correspondent that the
commission was not going to cover up any of its
workers.
He also revealed that the suspects would not be
disciplined until the EFCC submitted its reports.
Ozasse-Uzi said, “We are waiting for the EFCC to
finish its investigations. It is after that we shall
take an action.
“Also, the law stipulates how to punish any erring
member of our staff and the law also stipulates on
how to remove or punish RECs.
“That law will be effectively used to handle the
report of the EFCC when it is out.

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