2015 Election: INEC Staff In 16 States Received Bribe – Official

The Independent National and said its committee into bribery the 2015 election established that the ’s staff in 16 states received money.

“Out of over 23 , which the EFCC said was used to influence the elections, the Committee established that 3,046,829,000 was received by INEC staff in 16 States,” Mohammed Haruna, National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee said in a statement Tuesday.

His statement Tuesday reads thus:
The met today to consider the of its expanded Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committee on the EFCC Interim on Bribery Corruption and Money Laundering Charges the 2015 . You may recall that late last year, the Commission received an Interim the EFCC detailing allegations against 202 serving and retired INEC officials and staff in 16 States of the Federation. In furtherance of its zero tolerance for corruption in the process, the Commission ordered a thorough investigation into the allegations to establish the culpability or otherwise of those named in the EFCC Report. The Committee’s work was thorough and painstaking, involving issuance of queries to the 202 staff mentioned in the Report and interviewing them individually in accordance the principle of fair hearing and in consonance INEC Staff Conditions of .  As a result of initial findings of the Committee, an additional 80 serving officials of the Commission, who were not named in the EFCC report but whose names came up in the course of the investigation, were also queried and interviewed.

Among other things the Committee found that:

a)        There was a clear attempt to bribe INEC staff to influence the outcome of the 2015 using an NGO, the West Network of Election Observers (WANEO), made up mainly of retired senior INEC officials.

b)        Out of over 23 , which the EFCC report said was used to influence the elections, the Committee established that 3,046,829,000 was received by INEC staff in 16 States.

In reaching its decision on the findings of the Committee, the Commission adhered strictly to the INEC Staff Conditions of . The Commission therefore decided as follows:

a)    The cases of one former National Commissioner, 5 former Commissioners (one of them deceased) have been referred to the Presidency and EFCC for further necessary action.

b)   Based on level of involvement, two hundred and five (205) serving INEC staff will be immediately placed on Interdiction, which entails suspension duties and being placed on half salary, pending the final determination of the cases they have the EFCC.

c)    Seventy staff (70) about whom there was insufficient information regarding involvement will be referred back to EFCC for further investigation and possible prosecution.

The Commission hereby reiterates its commitment to defending the integrity of the electoral process. Therefore, it will continue to take stern action against its officials who compromise its core values of integrity, transparency and impartiality in the conduct of elections.