The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Officials over bribery allegations.
The officials, Christian Nwosu and Tijani Inda-Bashir, are currently standing trial on allegations of collecting bribes from the Former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke, ahead of the 2015 elections.
The anti-graft agency arrested the suspects outside the premises of the Federal High Court, Lagos shortly after the court adjourned further proceedings in their case to March 7, 2018.
It’s not exactly clear why they were arrested but Channels Television gathered that it may not be unconnected with fresh evidence uncovered by the EFCC against both men which has to do with stealing of certain INEC funds.
Before their arrest, the two defendants had told Justice Mohammed Idris of their intention to file “a no case submission” after the EFCC closed its case against them.
The EFCC had called two prosecution witnesses and tendered several bank documents to show that both men allegedly received various sums of money for the purpose of influencing the outcome of the elections in Kwara State.
Instead of opening their defence, the defence team informed the judge that the prosecution had not succeeded in linking them to the offense. They therefore asked for time to put in their ‘no case submission’ before the court.
Justice Idris granted the request and as the men stepped out of the court premises, they were arrested by officials of the anti-graft agency.
Until his trial, the first defendant, Christian Nwosu was the Director of Administration, INEC, Kwara State while the second defendant, Tijani Inda-Bashir was said to be the Head of Accounts of INEC’s Kwara State Office.