Monday, 9 May 2016

Corruption keeps deepening as EFCC grills top INEC officials over N23.29billion

The Nation has reported that  16 more RECs and INEC officials may face the panel based on EFCC’s investigation as it gave a full break down of how N23.29billion bribe was distributed.
REC Gesil Khan allegedly collected N185, 842,000 out of a N681million bribe; Fidelia Omoile( Electoral Officer in Isoko-South Local Government Area of Delta State)—N112,480,000 ; Uluochi Obi Brown( INEC’s Administrative Secretary in Delta State)—N111,500,000; a former Deputy Director  of INEC in Cross River state, Edem Okon Effanga—N241,127,000 and the Head of Voter Education in INEC in Akwa Ibom, Immaculata Asuquo—N214,127,000.
Quoting a source, the report said: “Apart from EFCC’s findings, the INEC management is also looking into the scandal which has battered the image of the commission.

“The Secretary of INEC, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, has sent a letter of invitation to the affected RECs and Administrative Secretary.
“Apart from the confidential report of the EFCC, I think INEC may revisit the report of a committee sent to Rivers and Akwa Ibom during the 2015 poll when there were issues in the two states.
“So far, EFCC has not accused Okojie of involvement in the bribery but I think he is being invited to face the disciplinary panel on the basis of the report of the committee which looked into issues in Akwa Ibom during the 2015 poll when he was the REC in the state.”
“Although the chairman of the disciplinary committee is on a medical trip abroad, the INEC management may find a way out.”

Meanwhile, former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode who is billed to report at the Abuja office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today, May 9 has told the EFCC that he’s not a thief.
FFK as he fondly called is expected to explain his role in the $115 million bribe election bribe reportedly dispensed by the immediate past minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
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