The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released a report to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on electoral officers who allegedly shared out of N23bn disbursed by former by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.
It was gathered that a meeting between the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu and INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu held in Abuja last week.
Some of the officials reportedly returned over N300m while houses were recovered from some of them.
An EFCC operative said, “We have submitted the report to INEC and it is left for the electoral body to do its part. They will guide us on prosecution and other matters.
“We heard that some of the electoral officers have gone to court to stop INEC from dismissing them. However, this cannot stop us from bringing criminal charges against them.”
The report contains the outcome of investigations in all the geopolitical zones except the North-Central. It will be done later,” the source added.
It was gathered that two houses and two plazas were recovered from Gesila Khan, Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State during the 2015 election.
Sources revealed that Khan allegedly received N185m before the election.
The Deputy Director, Voter Education and Publicity of INEC, Mr. Nick Dazang, however said Gesila Khan was not one of the currently serving RECs of the commission.
Dazang stated, “The statistics that I have show that there are nine RECS now, who are serving and she is not one of them.
“The position of the commission has been that the public service rules will apply, but as of now, the EFCC is investigating, then, after the investigation, the public service rule will apply.
“But I know also that there is an internal committee that was looking into the case of those persons.”
Spokesperson to INEC chairman, Oyekanmi said due process has to be followed.
He said, “We should not preempt the outcome of the investigation. When the final decision is made, it would be made public. We have nothing to hide. Like I said, this is a serious crime that people are being accused of, and we have to allow due process.
“They have to be charged to court and we have to give the court the opportunity to deliver judgment. There is no internal panel that will preempt what the court is going to decide. It is what the court decides that will determine the action of the commission, not the other way round.”