Alleged N360m bribe: 14 policemen to testify against 23 INEC officials

Alleged N360m bribe: 14 policemen to testify against 23 INEC officials

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No less than 14 cops have been arranged to affirm against 23 authorities of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The authorities are being blamed for getting N360m influence from Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State amid the December 10, 2016 rerun races in the state.

The Federal Government had dragged 23 authorities of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, before an Abuja Federal High Court for purportedly getting the whole of N350m Wike.

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The trial is required to initiate this week.

It was assembled that the respondents would be summoned before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.

“The court served the hearing notification on the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation at some point a week ago. The notice demonstrated that the arraignment would occur on Tuesday, March 14,” Punch cited a source as saying.

On whether the respondents had been presented with the charges, the source included, “Promptly the charges were documented a week ago, all that anyone could need duplicates that would go round the 23 litigants were sent to the police.

“Review that the police prior discharged the respondents. In any case, the investigative group of the police re-welcomed the respondents in the wake of getting duplicates of the charges from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“Along these lines, I am certain if the respondents regarded the police welcome, they would have been presented with the charges.”

As per the source, the charges were joined by a rundown of “14 potential witnesses”.

The source expressed that the rundown was liable to a further survey over the span of the trial.

The insider stated, “indeed, every one of the witnesses recorded so far are policemen. Thus, the indictment may later revise its verification of proof by recording extra rundown of observers to acquire others including INEC authorities as arraignment witnesses.

“It is dependably inside the privileges of the indictment to lessen or add to its number of its proposed witnesses.”

The 23 INEC authorities are said to incorporate three state facilitators of the constituent body.

The denounced people ‎named in the charges are Shittu Lamido (Shettima), Henry Owokure, Peter Ewatade, Mrs. Mary Tunkoyo Pennap, Gwatana Jibril, Ivase Stephen and Abdullahi Ogabo.

Likewise named as a component of the respondents are Gayus Hassan, Hussaina Yahaya, James Ogwuche, Karimu Aminu and Adedokun Najeem Ayotunde.

The respondents likewise incorporate Balogun Funmilayo and Adams Kadiri, Akinwande Adesoji, Lukeman Olabimpe and Tiamiyu R. Arowolo.

The rest are Akinwoye Amodu, Nwoha Yusuf, Patrick Anuke, Iro Abali, Nwosu Oluchi and Arukwe Chinelo.

In the suit with FHC/ABJ/CR//42/2017, the Federal Government asserted that the N350m spoke to continues of Wike’s criminal direct and also monetary and budgetary wrongdoings.

In number 1, the litigants “every single constituent officer and staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission between December 7 to 10, 2016 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, conspired to change over the aggregate of N360,000,000 specifically from gift and defilement regarding the Rivers State re-run decision which occurred on December 10, 2016.”

In number 2, indictment claimed that the charged people, “converted the whole of N360,000,000, being cash gotten straightforwardly from gift and debasement regarding the Rivers State rerun decision, which occurred on December 10, 2016, with the point of disguising the unlawful birthplace of the cash.”

In tally 3, it was asserted that the denounced people “collaborated to disguise the total of N360,000,000, being cash gotten specifically from pay off and defilement, regarding the Rivers State rerun race, which occurred on December 10, 2016.”

In tally 4, it was claimed that the respondents “every single constituent officer and staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission between December 7 and 10, 2016, at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, committed an offense to mind: ownership of the entirety of N360,000,000, being cash you got from Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, realizing that the said cash spoke to continues of renumeration and debasement regarding the Rivers State rerun decision, which occurred on December 10, 2016.”

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