Shakeup in INEC as EFCC indicts 202 staff for fraud

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission has confirmed the indictment of 202 of its staff, accused of benefitting from N23 billion bribery allegedly facilitated by former minister for petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Maduekwe, ahead of the 2015 2015 elections.

In a statement on Wednesday, INEC said the staff “were accused of certain infractions”, and that they were based in 14 States.

An official who did want to be named told PREMIUM TIMES that some of the affected states are Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta, and Gombe States.

Following the EFCC report, confirmed to have been received since January, INEC said “the Commission subsequently queried and invited them (affected staff) to appear before an administrative panel.

“The final report of the investigation into the matter will be considered by the Commission at its meeting next week.”

Discredited officers in Rivers polls face music

The electoral commission also disclosed it had received the report of an administrative panel on the bloody December 10, 2016 legislative rerun elections in Rivers State.

According to the commission, 29 staff were indicted for misconducts in the elections that were just finally concluded last Saturday, due to widespread violence and irregularities.

“29 Staff were recommended for disciplinary action, and their cases are currently being handled by the Commission’s Disciplinary Committee,” said INEC.

Last week, INEC said it had received police report on the Rivers election and confirmed 25 of its staff were indicted.

The 25 officials indicted by the police would be prosecuted, said INEC, pledging cooperation with police.

It is not immediately clear if the 25 staff indicted by the police were among the 29 recommended for disciplinary action by INEC’s own panel.

A spokesperson for INEC, Nick Dazang, could not be reached for comment.

Shakeup

In apparent response to its messy outing in Rivers, INEC said all its directing staff, administrative secretary and heads of departments were being redeployed out of the oil-rich state notorious for deadly electoral violence.

All Electoral Officers heading the 23 Local Government Areas were also affected in the shakeup, the commission said.

Meanwhile, by March 4, 33 states of the federation would be without Resident Electoral Officers, who head INEC operations in the sub-national units.

“By March 4, five more RECs will complete their tenure. This is in addition to the 28 RECs who had earlier completed their tenure.

“Those leaving are: Prof. Jacob Jatau (F.C.T), Mr. Segun Agbaje (Ondo), Barr. Austin Okojie (Bayelsa), and Mr. Nasir Ayilara (Niger).”

Although the commission said five RECs were due for retirement, it only mentioned four.


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  • Shahokaya

    Why is Rivers the number one state when it comes to rigging and political violence?

    • Patriot

      Bcos their governor is the most peaceful governor we have ever had in Nigerian history according to CAN which subsequently decorated him with the chieftaincy title “Apostle of Peace”

      • Shahokaya

        In that case CAN is a cannish organization.

      • Veteran

        Which can..? D Pharisees, d Republicans, or d hypocrites..?

    • front man

      Rivers thuggery state

  • Lina

    We are told who masterminded the corruption in 2015 elections – Diezani, why are we not told the culprit in the chaotic Rivers election?

  • sab

    Why also is it that states mentioned here so far are states controlled by PDP? Does it mean other states controlled by APC were not investigated or that there were no rigging in those states?

  • George

    Ohh No corruption in EFCC or have they be shake up

  • AFRICANER

    To:

    South East, South South, North East, and South West:

    The EFCC is an arm of Islamic Jihad. Try to put heads together on what to do. Don’t let this people continue to terrorize us. They may get a couple of really bad people from their place, but make no mistake about it, it’s terrorism hidden under an agency.

  • Olatubosun

    Imagine….. These inec people o

  • Olatubosun

    They are all thieves

  • Olatubosun

    I am very sure they will end up in prison

  • Olatubosun

    No way for corruption

  • Olatubosun

    Nigeria has been sanitized