The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday, re arraigned two former INEC officials on amended N163.9 million charge bordering on conspiracy and bribery.
NAN reports that the EFCC on March, 8, 2018, arraigned Dr Godwin Kwanga, former INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Plateau, and Jonathan Azi-Nyako, a retired INEC staff.
The two were charged alongside late Usman Baba-Bukar, former INEC Administrative Secretary in Plateau before a High Court in the state over bribery of INEC staff.
They were alleged to have used their positions and conspired among themselves to bribe INEC Staff to influence the outcome of the elections in favour of one of the political parties.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the death of Baba-Bukar forced the anti-graft agency to amend the charges against the duo.
They pleaded not guilty to the new charge.
Earlier, EFCC Counsel, A.M. Ocholi, said, “since the accused persons have entered their pleas of not guilty, l wish to proceed to call a witness, who is in court to testify.
However, Mr Innocent Daa’gba, counsel to the former REC, told the court that he was not ready on the ground that he was only served with the amended charges in court.
“We are only served with the amended charges this (Thursday) morning around 9.30 a.m. by the prosecution and will need time to study them to enable us prepare questions for the witnesses of the prosecution.
“We are also constraint as the prosecution has not told us how witnesses they have or are bringing so that we can also prepare ours.
Mr A. G. Yirvoms, Counsel to Azi-Nyako, did not object to the application.
Nevertheless Kwanga and Azi-Nyako were allowed to continue to enjoy the administrative bail granted them by the court. ((NAN)No tags for this post.