EFCC drills 100 INEC staff over bribery allegations

The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Monday revealed that the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has drilled over 100 members of its staff over allegations bordering on bribery during the last elections.

Yakubu who stated this in the Commission’s bulletin said those found guilty by the would be relieved of their duty.

There were allegations that some Resident Electoral Officers (RECs) of the Commission received bribe from officials of the Peoples Democratic Party during the 2015 elections.

“So far, over a 100 staff of INEC had been invited. At a point, we toyed with the idea of speaking to the EFCC to see the weight of evidence they have so that we can take administrative action against our staff, but they are innocent until they are proven guilty.

“They have to be charged to court, but we have taken notice and we have a complete list,” Yakubu said.

Yakubu noted that inconclusive elections were as a result of violence.

He added that the only way to stop electoral  violence was to put in place a mechanism that would punish offenders.

He argued that “there are people who believe that they can do anything and get away with it.”

Yakubu also said the emergence of two strong parties may have contributed to the recent series of inconclusive elections.

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