Diezani election bribe saga: EFCC arraigns INEC staff over N138m bribe

Diezani election bribe saga: EFCC arraigns INEC staff over N138m bribe

- The EFCC has arraigned some staff of EFCC

- They were arraigned over former petroleum minister Diezani's election bribe allegation before the Gombe state High Court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned the administrative secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Gombe state, Tarkumbur Gregory alongside two retired staff before the state High Court.

The INEC staff were arraigned on allegations of bribery.

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According to the anti graft agency: "Administrative secretary, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Gombe state, Mr.Gregory Tarkumbur, and two retired INEC staff: Bunu Mulima and Yunusa Ali Biri were this morning arraigned by EFCC before Justice Abubakar Jauro of High Court 9 Gombe, over N138 million bribe allegedly offered them by former petroleum minister, in the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan during the 2015 general elections."

The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges leveled against them.

The case was subsequently adjourned to November, 1 and 2 for hearing.

The judge, Abubakar Jauro, also admitted the accused persons to bail on the terms of the administrative bail earlier granted them by the Commission.

NAIJ.com had earlier reported that about 100 electoral officials are set to be charged to court by anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (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.

According to NAIJ.com, 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.

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Recall that in April, the anti-graft agency arrested the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the 2015 elections in Rivers State, Mrs. Gesila Khan, and other officials of INEC that conducted elections in Delta an Akwa Ibom states.

In this NAIJ.com video, INEC officials indicted by EFCC over N23bn Diezani bribe appear in court.

Source: Naij.com

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