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For Allegedly Receiving N362 Million Bribe In 2015 Presidential Poll, INEC Officials Face Court Trial

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Two officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Ibrahim Muhammed Umar and Sahabo Iya Hamman have been charged to court for allegedly receiving the sum of N362 million,  part of the  N23 billion bribe allegedly distributed by the former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to influence the outcome of the 2015 Presidential election.
While Ibrahim Muhammed Umar is still in service, Sahabo Iya Hamman has retired from the services of INEC.
The two were charged before Justice Nathan Musa of the Adamawa State High Court, Yola by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (INEC), on a 3-count: conspiracy, corrupt procurement and receipt of monetary benefit.
Ibrahim, the electoral officer in charge of Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa state, allegedly conspired with  Sahabo, a retired INEC staff and Adamawa  state coordinator of West African Network of Election Observers (WANEO) during the 2015 presidential election, to receive the money.
Investigation revealed that N65.2 million from the money collected was shared among INEC officials in the state while N281.9 million could not be accounted for by the accused persons.
Count two of the charge read: “that you, Ibrahim Mohammed Umar, Sahabo Iya Hamman and Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke  (now at large) sometime between March and May, 2015 at Yola,  Adamawa State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, while being a public officer working with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), retired public servant and former Minister of Petroleum Resources  (now at large) and in capacities, did corruptly procured monetary benefit of Three Hundred and Sixty Two Million Naira, (N362,000,000.00) in favour of Public Officer and staff working with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Adamawa State contrary to and punishable under Section 9 (1) (a) & (b) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act,  2000.”
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecution counsel, A. Y. Muntaka has asked the court to fix a date for trial and to remand the accused in prison custody.
Justice Nathan adjourned the case to  October 17, 18 and 19,  2017, even as he granted bail in the accused in the sum of N10m each and two sureties in like sum. The sureties are also to have landed property worth N10m within the jurisdiction of the court which is to be verified by the court.[myad]