Three INEC Officials Arraigned Over Alleged N179.8M Election Bribe Money


By Gbenga Ogunbufunmi

The Economic ad Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), today, arraigned three staff of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before a Federal High Court, Lagos, on alleged fraud of N179.28 million.

The three accused who are from Ogun State INEC office are: Yemi Akinwonmi, Dickson Atiba and Ogunmodede Oladayo.

They were arraigned before Justice Sule Hassan on an eight count-charge bordering on conspiracy, by befitting from proceeds of crime, receiving various cash sums without going through financial institutions and accepting various cash sums exceeding amount authorized by the law.

The three accused persons were said to have received the said money from Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), United Bank for Africa (UBA), Stanbic/IBTC, Diamond Bank Plc, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Skye Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc, sometimes in March 2015, during General Election.

The offences according to the prosecution led by Rotimi Oyedepo are contrary to section 18 (a), 15(2)(d), 16 (d) 1(a), 16 (1) (d), and 16 (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 as Amended and punishable under 15 (3)(4) and 16 (2)(b) of the same Act.

The accused however pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Followed their plea of not guilty, the Prosecutor, Oyedepo, urged the court to remand them in prison custody, pending trial date.

But lawyers to the defendants, asked the court for a very short date for hearing of their clients’ bail applications.

Justice Hassan, after listening to the submissions of all the patties, adjourned the matter till August 6, for hearing of the defendants bail application.

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