N23bn bribe: INEC places 202 indicted staff on suspension, half salary

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

FIdelis Soriwei, Abuja

The Indepedent National Electoral Commission has enforced the suspension of 202 personnel of the commission who were indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly receiving  the N23 billion bribe ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Investigations revealed that the leadership of the commission has also placed the affected officials of the commission on half salaries indefinitely pending their prosecution by the security agencies.

The commission had earlier announced the suspension of 23 electoral officers who were indicted by the Joint Police/DSS report on the Rivers rerun election on March 9, 2017.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge South West, Solomon Soyebi, who made the disclosure during a press briefing in Abuja, had said that the commission took a decision to suspend the affected electoral officers because the Directorate of Public Prosecution was investigating them for prosecution.

He explained that the decision was taken to suspend action on the 202 members of the commission to enable INEC to reconcile the EFCC’s report with that of the DPP which was working on their prosecution.

Source: punch