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EFCC Arrests INEC Chiefs For Taking N675m In Bribes

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A Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Gesila Khan and four others, have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for allegedly receiving N651 million bribe during the 2015 polls. Sensitive election materials for the 2015 presidential and senatorial polls were also retrieved from the residences of some of the suspects, as well as many documents on financial and landed properties.

The suspects allegedly committed the poll bribery fraud in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states. Khan, who was the REC in Rivers State during the last general election, allegedly got N185, 842, 000 out of the bribe sum under probe by the EFCC. The other suspects involved in the bribery scandal include 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.

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