Friday, February 24, 2017

25 INEC Staff Charged To Court Over N111M Bribe Scandal In The Rivers State Rerun

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has resolved to discipline 25 personnel indicted in the December 10 Rivers state re-run elections. INEC said that the indicted members of staff of the commission were going to be prosecuted by the police for their alleged role in the re-run. A statement by Solomon Soyebi, INEC National Commissioner, said that internal disciplinary measures would be taken against the members of staff. He said that the Commission received the Report of the Joint Police/DSS Special Investigation Panel on the Rivers State Re-Run elections of December 10th 2016.
From the Report, INEC gathered that the Police have concluded their investigations and 25 INEC staff who were indicted will be prosecuted.
“The Commission has resolved to fully co-operate with the Police in this process,’’ he said. He said that in addition and without prejudice to their prosecution, the indicted INEC staff will also face the Commission’s internal disciplinary process.
“The Commission wishes to reiterate very clearly that it will not shield any of its staff that engages in any conduct that will undermine the integrity of the electoral process.’’
Soyebi said that the Commission also considered the Report of its Administrative Inquiry into re-run and accepted its recommendations that all the indicted staff should face internal disciplinary action for gross misconduct, dereliction of duty and negligence.
“The Commission also accepted the recommendation to commend a number of ad-hoc and permanent staff, as well as security officials who performed exceptionally well under very difficult circumstances of the elections.’’ He commended Professor Ralph Echebiri and Professor Oji O. Ekemankama both of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike who served in Rivers West and East Senatorial Districts respectively. He also commended Aguna Isaac and Ademola Oluwatoba who are members of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and served as Presiding Officers. The Commission will offer the two youth corps members automatic employment at the Commission on completion of their service, he promised. He praised the police for their exemplary conduct and professionalism. “Arising from the lessons learnt, the Commission will carry out a major overhaul of the entire Rivers State INEC office.” The Commission also approved the time-able and schedule of activities for the Anambra State governorship election, scheduled for Saturday 18th November, 2017.
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