N23.3B BRIBE: INEC CHIEFS TO FACE DISCIPLINARY PANEL

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Some Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials have been summoned to the agency’s Abuja headquarters in connection with the alleged N23.29 billion bribe the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is probing. The EFCC has quizzed 16 top INEC officials, including 10 directors, over the scandal.

Those invited are two Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and an administrative officer. The RECs are Gesila Khan and Austen Okojie, who have been under investigation by the EFCC and other security agencies. On the list too is an Administrative Secretary in Delta State, Uluochi Obi Brown. Khan has been quizzed for allegedly collecting N185, 842,000 out of a N681million bribe.

Brown allegedly got N111,500,000. Okojie’s infractions were unknown as at press time but the INEC management is said to have “a security report” on him. The officials will appear on Wednesday before the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee chaired by a National Commissioner, Mustapha Lecky. More RECs and INEC officials may face the panel based on EFCC’s investigation.

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