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N360m bribe scandal: Court to arraign INEC staff Sept 15


Justice Hilary Oshoma of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has adjourned till September 15 the arraignment the 23 employees of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) charged with corruption.

The adjournment followed the application by the defence counsel for 20 of the 23 accused and supported by counsel for the other three on the right of the lawyers involved in the case to observe their annual vacation.

The INEC senior workers allegedly received N360 million from the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike to allegedly rig the December 10 2016 national and state legislative rerun elections in the state.


They were deployed from Oyo, Plateau and Anambra states for the assignment. The exercise was meshes in killings, including the murder of a serving Corps member and arbitrary rigging of the election. A premafacia case was established against the 23 accused after investigations, and are charged for prosecution.
They were initially arraigned in Abuja where they were arrested and were granted administrative bail. The file was transferred to the state of crime for fresh arraignment and subsequent trial.

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Justice Oshoma heard the matter for the first time on July 6. He adjourned the matter till September 15 and vacated the July 16, 18 and 19th dates earlier slated for arraignment and hearing.

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