The Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu and the acting chairman of EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu met to discuss the list of the officers indicted in the scandal and how to prosecute them. About 100 staffs were indicted in an alleged bribery scandal that is in the tune of over N23.29 billion. Two Resident Electoral Commissioners identified as Gesil Khan and Slyvester Ezeani, the bribe was alledgely collected during the 2015 general election.
The report said the two RECs, 16 INEC directors and 82 others were indicted and that many of them have owned up to the allegation while some have refunded some money. Those already questioned are: 1. Khan for collecting N185,842,000 out of a N681 million bribe deal 2. Fidelia Omoile (Electoral officer in Isoko-South local government area of Delta state) for allegedly collecting N112,480,000 3. Uluochi Obi Brown (INEC’s administrative secretary in Delta state) for allegedly collecting N111,500,000 4. Edem Okon Effanga, a former deputy director of INEC in Cross River state for allegedly receiving N241,127,000 5. Immaculata Asuquo, the head of voter education in INEC in Akwa Ibom, for allegedly receiving N214,127,000.
The report further said some of those indicted have also had their assets seized by the anti-graft agency. In Gombe state, those that were reportedly questioned include: Godwin Maiyaki Gambo Balanga, Bukar Alone Benisheik, Jibril, B Muhammed, Billiri, Dunguma Musa Dogona, Funakaye, Mohammed A Wanka, Kaltungo, Ishaku Yusuf, Kwami, Suleiman Isawa, Nafada, Babagana Malami, Shongom, and Nuhu Samuel. “We are closer to the trial of INEC officials implicated in the scandal.
The EFCC chairman and INEC chief have met at the office of the anti-graft agency on the report and the list of those to be investigated already sorted out at the meeting. “One of the key decisions at the meeting is the need to subject the indicted officials to internal disciplinary action before the EFCC can charge them to court. “The INEC chairman, it was learnt, made a commitment that the electoral body would expedite action on the disciplinary procedure. “After the internal disciplinary measures, INEC will then forward its decision to the EFCC to pave the way for the trial of the affected officials.
“Based on the mode of appointment of RECs, the INEC chairman said only the President could exercise disciplinary control on them because they are his appointees. “With this development, EFCC will now refer the two RECs to the President for necessary action. All the evidence will also be forwarded to the president,” a source was quoted as saying. The report said Sani Isa, a retired INEC official, was questioned over an alleged N406,206,000 bribe sum allegedly collected on behalf of the deceased Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), in Kano state, Alhaji Mukaila Abdullahi.