Court convicts INEC official for 2015 election bribery

by Azeez Adeniyi

Justice Muhammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi on Wednesday convicted Yisa Olarenwaju Adedoyin, an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for receiving bribe during the 2015 elections.

Adedoyin had been charged by the EFCC for receiving a cash payment of over N70m from Tijani Inda Bashir, a 3rd defendant in the matter.

Adedoyin forfeits to the Federal Government of Nigeria a parcel of land measuring in Buda-Osho Village, Ilorin-South Local Government Area of Kwara State, and pay a fine of N10m.

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Reading his judgment, the judge said he accepted the agreement and that the court would temper justice with mercy considering that the defendant is an elderly person and also a first offender. 

“N5 million has been recovered and surrendered,” Justice Idris said.

“Assets attached in excess of N30 million has been recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.  It is not in contention that the 2nd defendant is a first-time offender, therefore the court will temper justice with mercy. It is in this light that I find the plea agreement entered into between the Federal government of Nigeria and the second defendant acceptable”.

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