Not less than 100 staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, are currently being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
This was disclosed by INEC Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmoud, in a statement on Monday, adding that based on recent revelations, the number of staff of the electoral body facing investigation has kept increasing.
Yakubu also said the commission was co-operating with the EFCC, insisting that any staff found culpable would be shown the way out.
The INEC boss said: “So far, over a hundred staff of INEC have been invited. At a point, we toyed with the idea of speaking to the EFCC to see the weight of evidence they have so that we can take administrative action against our staff, but they are innocent until they are proven guilty. They have to be charged to court, but we have taken notice and we have a complete list. Any nation that does not punish violators is doomed.”
Yakubu also called for the the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal, adding that violence has been the main reason behind inconclusive elections in the country.
According to him, except a mechanism is put in place punish electoral offenders, the trend of violence will continue, as there are people who believe they can do anything and get away with it.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews..
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