INEC staff indicted in N3.4 billion scandal refund bribe money – Chairman

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

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday said some of its staff accused of benefitting from a N3.4 billion bribe money in the 2015 general elections have refunded their share.

The INEC Chairman, Mahmud Yakubu, disclosed this when he visited the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, in Abuja.

A statement by spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, quoted the INEC chairman as saying that 70 of the affected staff in three states were still in denial.

Mr. Yakubu, according to Mr. Uwujaren, said they would be referred to the EFCC for further investigation.

The INEC chairman also said about five INEC political appointees, who are either National Commissioners or Resident Commissioners, were found wanting.

Also indicted, he said, are 21 retired staff mostly acting under the aegis of WANEO (West African Network of Election Observers).

Mr. Yakubu said 21 retirees had been blacklisted from monitoring elections and other activities organised by INEC in the future, according to Mr. Uwujaren.

“If we get our election right, we get our democracy right as the right people will be elected and once we get our democracy right we will get national progress and development on track.

“INEC is on the same page with the EFCC in this big responsibility of sanitising the country,’’ the INEC chairman was quoted saying.

Responding, Mr. Magu was said to have expressed the anti-graft agency’s readiness to prosecute all the indicted INEC staff.

“We are already prosecuting some of the INEC staff, we have started in Lagos and we are in the process in Port-Harcourt, Kano and Gombe,’’ Mr. Magu reportedly said.

While expressing satisfaction with the collaboration between both agencies, Mr. Magu commended the INEC boss for supporting the investigation involving some of his staff members.

He said: “What you have done will change the course of electioneering in this country, by bringing in sanity and credibility.

“It will send a signal and serve as deterrent to any person who may wish to perpetrate fraud in the electoral process whether as a monitor or staff of INEC.’’

Mr. Magu assured INEC of continued support from the EFCC, noting that the agency’s functions are central to the future of the country, and that the next election must be different.

Mr. Uwujaren said the INEC boss was accompanied on the visit by other management staff of the commission, including Amina Zakari, Baba Shetima and Okey Ibeanu.


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  • Frank Bassey

    Photo trick. INEC, continue deceiving yourselves. Election bribery given and collected in 2015, are being refunded now. What about bribes collected by security agents? Mtcheew!

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Any INEC official found wanting and involved in bribery scheme must be dismissed,arrested and prosecuted by the DSS to serve as deterrent t9o other INEC officials.

  • Rommel

    Its all about crooked individuals manning sensitive public offices, all these could be fixed in one day with implementation of laws and harsh punishments for defaulters,developed countries did so mainly by implementing laws while we regard flouting of it as evidence of societal standing

  • Ken

    Buhari has compromised INEC but can he do the same to God and the people’s might?

    • linkhadj.

      What has PMB got to do with this? The fraud was perpetrated under thief GEJ as President and PMB is now exposing it, block-head.

  • Ken

    Inec under Mamud is dead