- Adedoyin will pay N10m fine and also forfeit a parcel of land in Kwara state to the federal government
- The judge said the plea bargain was accepted because Adedoyin is elderly and the agreement was in line with laid down procedures
- Adedoyin had received over N70million in bribe from cash payment that emanated from former petroleum minister Alison Diezani-Madueke
A federal high court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos state has convicted an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Yisa Olanrewaju Adeoyin for receiving bribes to influence the results of the 2015 general elections.
Sahara Reporters writes that Justice Muhammed Idris found Adedoyin guilty of receiving bribes and convicted him after a plea bargain agreement.
Adedoyin was brought to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), charging him for receiving over N70m cash payment from Tijani Inda Bashir, another INEC official and a third defendant in the case.
Bashir had reportedly received N234.88 million from ex-petroleum resources minister Deizani Allison-Madueke to disburse to his colleagues in the electoral body.
Sahara Reporters reports that based on the plea bargain, Adedoyin will pay N10m fine and also forfeit to the Nigerian government a parcel of land measuring in Buda-Osho Village in Kwara state.
The judge said the agreement was accepted because Adedoyin is an elderly person and a first offender.
The agreement, he said, is also in consonance with Section 270 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Acts (ACJA).
“N5 million has been recovered and surrendered. Assets attached in excess of N30 million has been recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
“It is not in contention that the 2nd defendant is a first-time offender, therefore the court will temper justice with mercy.
“It is in this light that I find the plea agreement entered into between the Federal government of Nigeria and the second defendant acceptable.”
Recall that NAIJ.com had reported months back that about 100 electoral officials were to be charged to court by EFCC for allegedly receiving part of the $115m (N23bn) disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, during the 2015 presidential election.
INEC officials would only face dismissal for breach of INEC rules, some of the officials, who have returned a total sum of N400m, may not face prosecution.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of INEC officials indicted for bribery and corruption during the River state rerun elections arraigned by EFCC at the Federal High Court in Abuja