Two INEC Staff Arraigned for Stealing PVC in Rivers

Two Staff of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ifiesimama and Beesor Sorle are currently having a date with a Chief Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State for alleged stealing in PVC.
The Department of State Security (DSS) on Thursday arraigned the duo alongside Darlington Ogolo.
Ifiesimama and Sorle were accused of attempting to steal 3,097 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and selling them to Ogolo, whose identity was still under investigation.
Ogolo, on his part, was accused of bribing Messrs Ifiesimama and Sorle with sum of N300,000 and N120,000 respectively as payment for the PVCs.
The accused persons are facing eight counts charge of conspiracy, bribery, theft and fraud in suit No. PHC/313C/19.
Calistus Eze, the prosecuting counsel said the accused persons allegedly committed the offences between May and August 2018
He said their acts contravened Sections 98 (4) (1) and Section (A) (1) of the Criminal Code Law of Rivers state.
He said the offence also violated Section 120 (1) (d) and Section 117 (1) (e) of the Electoral Act 2010.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
Chief Magistrate, S.D. Andrew-Jaja, however, admitted the three accused persons to bail in the sum of N100,000 each with a surety each in same sum.
Andrew-Jaja ordered that the sureties must be civil servants on not less than Grade Level 12 in Rivers State Civil Service.
He thereafter adjoined the matter until February 20, for hearing.

Author: News Editor

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