2015 Elections: 100 INEC officials to be tried for bribery


About 100 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who allegedly collected over N23.29b bribe to influence the 2015 general election will soon face trial.

There are indications that the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu and the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, have met to perfect the modalities of the trial.

The EFCC, which has been investigating the bribe, allegedly facilitated by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, implicated two Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), 16 INEC Directors and 82 others.

However, the two RECs, Gesil Khan and Slyvester Ezeani, will be referred to President Muhammadu Buhari to determine their fate because they are his appointees and can only be disciplined by him.

However, Yakubu promised that all the indicted officials will immediately undergo an internal disciplinary process before being handed over to the EFCC for prosecution.

EFCC also revealed that about four oil firms, some Directors of some oil companies, two banks and some politicians are under probe for their roles in the scandal adding that many of the indicted INEC staff and politicians have owned up and refunded huge sums of money to the EFCC.

Some INEC officers already questioned by the anti-graft agency are REC Gesil Khan, Fidelia Omoile (Electoral Officer in Isoko-South Local Government Area of Delta State), Uluochi Obi Brown (INEC’s Administrative Secretary in Delta State), Edem Okon Effanga (a former INEC Deputy Director in Cross River State), and Immaculata Asuquo (Head of Voter Education INEC in Akwa Ibom).


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