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INEC $115m bribe: Heads to roll as EFCC quizzes 16 directors

Diezani enmeshed in INEC $115m bribe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] seems still relentless in wielding the sword in the $115 million saga.

Reports reaching Elombah.com say that several Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials have been summoned.

They were summoned to the anti-graft agency’s Abuja headquarters in connection with the alleged bribery bazar by ex-Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison Madueke.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke is believed to be the mastermind of the massive bribery of poll officials to alter the 2015 presidential election results.

$115m, aboutN23.29b, was involved in the bribery.

So far, four oil firms allegedly contributed $88.35 million of the

Our source says that EFCC has quizzed 16 top INEC officials, including 10 directors, over the scandal.

Those invited include two Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and an administrative officer:

–  Gesila Khan of Rivers State

– Austin Okojie of Akwa Ibom State, and

– Administrative Secretary in Delta State, Uluochi Obi Brown

It could be recalled that Mrs Khan and Mr. Okojie have earlier come under the beaming searchlight of EFCC as well as other security agencies.

Khan was interrogated for allegedly collecting N185,842,000 out of a N681 million bribe.

Okojie reportedly collected an undisclosed sum, while Brown allegedly got N111,500,000.

Other alleged recipients are:

          Fidelia Omoile ( Electoral Officer in Isoko-South Local Government Area of Delta State

          former Deputy Director of INEC in Cross River state, Edem Okon Effanga

          Head of Voter Education in INEC in Akwa Ibom, Immaculata Asuquo, et al.

They will appear on Wednesday, according to sources, before the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee chaired by a National Commissioner, Mustapha Lecky.

In the meantime, EFCC is still investigating other INEC RECs and officials to ascertain their level of complicity in the bribery web.

Elombah.com gathered that an invitation letter has been sent to the affected RECs and Administrative Secretary.

The letters were sent by the INEC Secretary, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu

INEC will also undoubtedly revisit the report of a committee sent to Rivers and Akwa Ibom during the 2015 poll when there were issues in the two states.

If and when found guilty, the RECs might be dropped from further services in the national electoral body.

Many directors might be fired too depending on the report of the EFCC and INEC management.

Recently, some banks and their managing directors have been indicted in the receipt and disbursement of the said funds.

The affected banks are Access bank, Sterling bank, Fidelity Bank, and others.

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