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2 INEC staff jailed 42 years for receiving bribes

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Two staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were on Thursday sentenced to 42 years in jail, for collecting bribes.

The sentence was handed down to them, by Justice Nathan Musa who presided over a high court sitting in Yola, Adamawa State.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had brought the case against Ibrahim Mohammed Umar, and Sahabo IyaHamman, both staff of INEC as well as the former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Aliso-Madueke, for conspiring to defraud the federal government with the intent to compromise the 2015 general elections.

This prompted Justice Musa to also ask the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the International Police to produce former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke, to face prosecution over the N362 million she allegedly sent to the two convicted INEC staff in order to compromise the 2015 presidential election in Adamawa State.

Musa said the court delivered the verdict after due diligence established a conspiracy between the persons. He therefore convicted and sentenced the two INEC staff to seven years each on the three counts brought against them by the EFCC.

The judge said he was giving a lenient sentence since the accused were first-time offenders adding that the sentence would run concurrently.

“The offence has a mandatory provision. I’m constrained by the law. They shall be sentenced to seven years imprisonment without the option of fine.

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”However in view of plea to temper justice with mercy, I will allow the sentence to run concurrently,” he said.

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