- Former petroleum minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, allegedly bribed two INEC staff
- The INEC employees received N264m in cash to change the result of the 2015 general election
- A prosecution witness at the Federal High Court said the INEC staff were paid cash based on instructions from the former minister
Two staff members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Christian Nwosu and Yisa Adegoyin, allegedly received N264m from former petroleum minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, to change the result of the 2015 general election, The Nation reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Timothy Olaobaju, a prosecution witness, at the Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday, June 28, said that the money was paid to Nwosu and Adedoyin in cash.
Olaobaju was testifying while being led in evidence by prosecution counsel Rotimi Oyedepo in the trial of Nwosu and Tijani Inda Bashir before Justice Idris.
The duo were accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of receiving gratification from the former minister.
Adedoyin has however pleaded guilty to the charge and was convicted following a plea bargain.
Olaobaju, who was the head of operations in Ilorin, in his bank said he paid Nwosu and Adedoyin cash based on Mrs Alison-Madueke’s instructions.
The witness said: “I was the Head of Operations for Ilorin Branch. I had cause to meet Nwosu and Adedoyin. Sometime in 2015, there was a meeting between our Managing Director and the former Petroleum Minister during which she explained that some companies and individuals would come to the bank to pay some money into some accounts.
“The companies were Northern Belt Ltd, Actus Integrated Ltd, Midwestern Company and one Mr Leno Laitan. In addition, she said certain individuals would bring some cash to be kept for her.
“A total sum of $89million was paid into the accounts. Cash sums of $25million was brought, totalling $114million. The money was kept in the bank pending her instruction as agreed.
“On March 26, 2014, we got instruction that the money should be converted to naira. After it was converted, it was about N23billion. There was a list of beneficiaries that was sent, to be paid across the 36 states of the federation, including Kwara. I handled the transactions in my branch,” the witness.
“There was an instruction that Nwosu and Adedoyin be paid N264,880,000. The instruction came from the head office based on instruction from Mrs Alison-Madueke and they were paid. They signed a receipt of payment for the money they collected,” Olaobaju said.
The witness however said he did not know the purpose of the payment.
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, former Rivers state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Gesila Okubama, was on Wednesday June 7 arraigned by the EFCC at a Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
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The commissioner, together with one other official, Peter Popnen, was arraigned before Justice Salihu Saidu on a five-count charge bordering on gratification and money laundering to the tune of N185, 842,000 (One Hundred and Eighty Five Million, Eight Hundred and Forty Two Thousand Naira only).
The two former officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), got into trouble for allegedly collecting the said sum in the weeks preceding the 2015 Presidential election as a bribe.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of INEC officials indicted for bribery and corruption during the River state rerun elections arraigned by EFCC at the Federal High Court in Abuja.