INEC sacks two staff for roles in Gov. Bello’s alleged double registration 

Gov Bello
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello [Photo Credit: The News Nigeria]

The electoral commission, INEC, has dismissed two of its officials for their alleged roles in the electoral scandal involving the Kogi State Governor, Yahya Bello.

Mr. Bello is accused of double voter registration, ‎an allegation he denies.

INEC in a statement on Thursday said, “Following reports of the alleged double registration by the Governor of Kogi State in the on-going Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, the commission set up a panel of investigation into the involvement of staff in the matter.”

The electoral commission also indicated that it could not prosecuted Mr. Bello only because he enjoys constitutional immunity from prosecution.

“The initial report submitted by the panel was referred to the Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committee, which made recommendations to the Commission.

While the Governor of Kogi State currently enjoys immunity from prosecution, the Commission took the following decisions in respect of its own staff:

  • Summary dismissal of two staff for acts of gross misconduct
  • Immediate and compulsory retirement of an Electoral Officer for act of gross misconduct.”

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  • Kareem Raji

    Bello trouble Everyday. One day one new scandal. When this chap is shouting anti corruption every where and harassing opposition a la APC – i cant help but weep for nigeria. What did kogites do to buhari that he chose to force this his beloved son on us.

  • chinedu

    Is there no provision to bar such a person from contesting future elections? And I think that this matter must be taken to court to coincide with the loss of his immunity on handover date. Inec should administratively bar him from the next election.

  • Joe

    His godfather do not mean well for kogites. Unfortunately I have so many good friends, sons and daughters in that wonderful state.

  • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

    While the Governor of Kogi State currently enjoys immunity from prosecution, the Commission took the following decisions in respect of its own staff:
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    This is were the State house of Assembly should come in and do the needful considering this is a highly impeachable offense