Some Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials have been summoned to the agency’s Abuja headquarters in connection with the alleged N23.29billion 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.
The indicted officials may be dropped by the Presidency if the allegations against them are established “beyond reasonable doubt”.
The INEC management has stepped into the poll bribery scandal to cleanse the system of corrupt elements.
REC Gesil Khan allegedly collected N185, 842,000 out of a N681million bribe; Fidelia Omoile( Electoral Officer in Isoko-South Local Government Area of Delta State)—N112,480,000 ; Uluochi Obi Brown( INEC’s Administrative Secretary in Delta State)—N111,500,000; a former Deputy Director of INEC in Cross River state, Edem Okon Effanga—N241,127,000 and the Head of Voter Education in INEC in Akwa Ibom, Immaculata Asuquo—N214,127,000.
A retired INEC official, Sani Isa, was grilled for alleged N 406,206,000 bribe, allegedly collected on behalf of the deceased Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kano State, Alhaji Mukaila Abdullahi.