Court Convicts INEC Chiefs Over Diezani Bribe [Update]
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has, on Thursday, found former Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] Administrative Secretary in Kwara State, Mr. Christian Nwosu guilty.
Mr. Nwosu, who was re-arraigned along with Tijani Bashir, was found guilty for laundering N264 million.
They were charged with another INEC official Yisa Adedoyin, who pleaded guilty to the offence and was convicted following a plea bargain.
Nwosu had initially pleaded guilty to receiving N30 million bribe from former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Alison-Madueke to rig the 2015 general election results, but he changed his plea to not guilty.
The Federal High Court in Lagos convicted Nwosu of benefiting from a sum of $115.01 million from Alison-Madueke.
Justice Mohammed Idris, while finding him guilty, stated:
“I find that the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt in the manner required by law.
“I, therefore, find the first and second defendants guilty as charged,” the judge said.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had re-arraigned Nwosu for allegedly accepting gratification from Mrs Alison-Madueke.
Mrs Alison-Madueke, who is still at large, fled to the United Kingdom at the twilight of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
More details later…