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Ex-INEC chair, Maurice Iwu arraigned, remanded over N1.23bn alleged fraud

EFCC to arraign Maurice Iwu over alleged N1.2bn fraud

Justice Chuka Obiozor of the federal high court in Lagos, on Thursday, remanded Maurice Iwu, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in custody over an alleged N1.23 billion fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Iwu before the court on four count charges.

The anti-graft agency is accusing the former INEC chairman of playing a part in the concealing of the N1.23 billion public funds between December 2014 and March 2015.

The money is believed to be part of the N23.29 billion public funds allegedly diverted and shared by Diezani Allison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum resources.

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The EFCC said this was “to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential elections.”

The commission said the “loot” was domiciled in the United Bank of Africa (UBA) account of Bioresources Institute of Nigeria Limited.

The ex-INEC chairman, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Obiozor remanded him in the custody of the anti-graft agency. He then adjourned till Friday to rule on a bail application filed by Iwu.

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