INEC Officer Pleads Guilty to Receiving N30m from Alison-Madueke’s N23bn Loot

A staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INE), Christian Nwosu, who was charged alongside two others for receiving N30m as bribe from the N23bn alleged stolen by a former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, pleaded guilty as charged on Wednesday.
Nwosu was among three INEC officials that were docked on Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice M. B. Idris of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on a seven-count charge bordering on receiving gratification to the tune of N265m.
Nwosu and the other accused persons- Yisa Adedoyin and Tijani Bashir – had, on March 27, 2015, allegedly received bribes from Mrs. Alison-Madueke.
Count one of the charges reads: “That you, Mrs. Diezani Allison – Madueke (still at large), Christian Nwosu, Yisa Olanrewaju Adedoyin and Tijani Bashir on or about the 27th day of March, 2015 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired among yourselves to directly take possession of N264,880,000 (Two Hundred and Sixty-four Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira) which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: gratification and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2002 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.
“That you, Christian Nwosu, on or about the 27 day of March, 2015 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court directly used the sum of N30,000,000 which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: gratification and you hereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2)(a) of the money laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”
Both the second and third defendants, Adedoyin and Bashir, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
However, the first defendant, Nwosu, pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him.
The counsel to the first defendant, Adaku Ngbangba, pleaded with the court to grant her client bail on own recognizance, adding that “he is a first-time offender. He has put in over 20 years in service. Given his honestly, I urge you, my Lord, to grant him bail on liberal terms.”
Consequently, Justice Idris found the first defendant liable as charged on count seven.
He, however, deferred the sentencing of the first defendant to May 7, 2017.
The court ordered the defendant to be remanded in the EFCC custody till the next adjourned date.
Justice Idris admitted both the second and third defendants to bail in the sum of N50 million, with two sureties in like sum. The sureties must have landed properties within the jurisdiction of the court.
The case was adjourned to May 7, 2017 for continuation of trial.
The bribe was allegedly meant to compromise electoral officers ahead of the 2015 general elections which the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party lost to the now ruling All Progressives Congress.

Author: News Editor

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