The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested different Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Delta states over N675.1m found in the bank their accounts. According to the agency, the money was received and shared by the INEC officials during the last governorship elections.
According to PUNCH, Khan and four others were arrested on Thursday by the zonal office of the EFCC in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital and all the suspects were subsequently searched and incriminating documents were said to have been recovered by the commission.
One of the document found, which showed that Khan – the REC in Cross River State – allegedly received N185.8m ahead of the March 28 and April 11, 2015 election.
One Edem Okon Essanga, (retired INEC official) was arrested alongside his alleged accomplice, Immaculata Asuquo, who is the Head, Voter Education, INEC, Akwa Ibom State. Essanga was alleged to have received over N240m which he shared among INEC ad Hoc workers during the last election.
The source also said the EFCC arrested one Fidelia Omoile who was the INEC electoral officer in Isoko-South Local Government Area, Delta State. He said:
“She received N112.4m during the 2015 general election. A search warrant was executed at her residences in Asaba and Benin. Sensitive materials used in the 2015 elections were recovered, including evidence of the suspicious bank transaction and land documents that will assist us in our investigations.”
The commission also arrested one Oluchi Obi Brown. Oluchi received N111.5m during the general election. Investigations also showed that she operates a foreign account with the Bank of America. As of February this year, the account balance was $75,857, (N24, 274,240), the source added.
The sum total of the money found in the bank accounts of the INEC officials is N675.1m. The source however disclosed that efforts were being made to recover the funds in Nigeria and abroad. Adding that the commission was banking on using the confessional statements of the suspects to catch the ‘big fish.’