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N264m Bribe: Two INEC Officials Re-Arrested From Court Premises

Two officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Nwosu Christian, and Tijani Bashiru, were, wednesday, picked up and whisked away by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after proceedings at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

The two INEC officials were arrested after attending their trial over alleged N264 million received from former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, during 2015 elections.
They were barely out of the court premises when they were apprehended by the EFCC operatives and thrown into a waiting bus.

No reason was given for their re-arrest. Meanwhile, at the trial of the two INEC officials over alleged N264 million fraud, an EFCC investigator, Mr. Usman Zakari, yesterday, told the court how the two accused received the sum through two banks.
Zakari, who was the EFCC’s second witness in the matter, narrated how N30 million was paid into Nwosu Christian’s account by one Abdul Adedeji.

The investigator also told the court that the money was not part of the accused person’s emolument and that after the election, the first accused, Nwosu, debited INEC account with N60 million.

He also informed the court that the second defendant filled a form directing the cashier of the bank for N30 million.
Upon the closing of the prosecution’s case, the accused lawyers told the court that the defence would be filing a no-case submission on behalf of their clients.

Consequently, the presiding judge, Justice Idris adjourned the matter till April 7, for adoption of no-case submission of the accused persons and the EFCC response to the application.

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