RIVERS RERUN ELECTION BRIBE
Independent National Electoral Commission 


Facts have shown that not less that 227 Independent Electoral Commission (Inec) officials are to go on suspension  as reported by PUNCHng.

This was made known on  Sunday that the staff to be suspended incorporated the individuals who were arraigned for infractions in investigation led by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Police and the Department of State Services.

It was learnt that the suspension would be preliminary to the arrest of the influenced staff by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation.
investigation disclosed that 202 of the influenced staff were prosecuted by the EFCC for purportedly accepting different wholes from the N23bn alleged bribe ahead of the 2015 election while the other 25 were arraigned by the Joint Police/DSS Investigative board reported on December 10, 2016 rerun of the legislative in River State.

The N23bn ($115m) was said to have been encouraged by the previous Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, purportedly to be dispensed as rewards to different authorities required in the 2015 general decisions.

The police board had said in its report that it recuperated N111.3m from 25 officials of the commission, who might be made to face criminal indictment.

A top INEC Official, who trusted in our reporter on Sunday, said the commission had taken a choice to suspend its staff arraigned by the different reports of investigations directed by security offices.

The source stated, "The commission has taken a choice to suspend every one of those arraigned by the investigation directed by the security offices.

"We held a significant meeting on the fate of the arraigned officials and chose to suspend them. You can't confront prosecution and be working in the meantime. At that point, they will anticipate the result of their arraignment. prosecutions.

"We concurred in the meeting that since these individuals were arraigned by boards outside the commission, we can't go for expulsion or some other authorize other than suspending them."

It was learnt that the commission likewise consented to review any of the 227 individuals from staff, who was absolved by the court as their fate was subject to the arranged police indictment for the charged offenses.

The source disclosed to The PUNCH, "Amid the time of the indictment, they will be put on suspension until after the finish of the court cases.

"The police have said they will arraign them and the commission has consented to participate completely with them.

'In the event that any of them is released and vindicated by the court, such a man would be reviewed to the commission to resume work."

The National Official of INEC accountable for the South-South, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, said amid a press instructions on Thursday that the commission would take a ultimate conclusion on the influenced specialists this week.

She expressed that 202 of the influenced specialists, who were prosecuted by the EFCC, had as of now been questioned and made to show up before a managerial board.

The official stated, "You may review that toward the end of last year, the commission got a report from the EFCC, in which some of our staff were blamed for specific infractions. We might want to refresh you on the matter.

"A sum of 202 INEC authorities from 14 states were specified in the report.

"In light of the EFCC's between time report, the commission along these lines questioned and welcomed them to show up before an authoritative board. The last report of the investigation concerning the matter will be considered by the commission at its meeting one week from now.

"As we educated you a week ago, the commission got the report of its managerial board on the December 10, 2016 Streams State re-run decisions. Twenty-nine individuals from staff were prescribed for disciplinary activities and their cases are as of now being dealt with by the commission's disciplinary advisory group."

Significant choice will be taken for the current week ­–INEC

In the interim, the Main Press Secretary to the INEC director, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said he didn't know about the choice to put the prosecuted laborers on suspension.

He expressed that what he knew about was that the committee, which got the provide details regarding the individuals who were researched, would take a noteworthy choice on them this week.

Oyekanmi included, "I am not mindful, regardless of whether they have been suspended or not, on the grounds that if an activity will be taken by a committee, why put them on suspension?

"There has been a suggestion as of now. What I am mindful of is that the disciplinary committee that got the report of those that were researched will take a noteworthy choice on them this week."
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