The Nigeria Police Force said it has recovered more than N111 million from officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) alleged to have been bribed by the Rivers state government to rig the December 10,2016 legislative rerun elections in the state.
An investigative panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police which presented its report in Abuja today said the money was recovered from 23 suspects allegedly bribed to rig the polls.
The chairman of the panel, DCP Damian Okoro disclosed that, the sum total of N111.3 million was recovered from 23 electoral officials out of N360m. He said that some got N15 million each while three senior electoral officers got N20 million each. He also revealed that the 23 INEC officials have been arrested over the bribery allegations.
“The Names of the Arrested Officers as Contained in Okoro’s Letter
The names of the officers and present posting are: Ewatade P. Taiwo (Oyo); Aminu Karimu (Oyo); Adedokun Najeem Ayotunde (Oyo); Balogun Funmilayo (Oyo); Agams O. Kadiri (Oyo); Akinwande R. Adesoji (Oyo); Lukeman Olabimpe (Oyo); Tiamiyu R. Arowolo (Oyo); Akinwoye Amodu A (Anambra) and Iro Abali Mba (Anambra).
Others are Enuke Patrick (Anambra); Nwosu Oluchi G. (Anambra); Arukwe Chinelo (Anambra); Henry Owokure (Anambra); Nwoha Yusuf (Anambra); Hussaina Yahaya Tanko (Plateau); Gayus Hassan (Plateau); Ivase Stephen Aondona (Plateau); Abdullahi Ogabo (Plateau); Gwatana Jibril Joseph (Plateau); and Mohammed L. Sittu (Plateau).
I wish to inform you that Mary Tunkoyo, the electoral officer at Emohua LGA and James Ogwuche who served as electoral officer at Ahoada West LGA are also in custody of the panel.“