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NHRC Recommends Iwu, Uduaghan, Arise, Others, for Prosecution over Electoral Offences


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has recommended some political figures in the country for prosecution for their roles in perpetuating electoral fraud.
The Commission disclosed this on Thursday, in a report released at its headquarters in Abuja.
The report, entitled: Phase 1 of the Final Report of An Independent Review of Evidence of Gross Violations of the Rights to Participate in Government, to Public Service, and to Fair Trial Through the Election Petition Process in Nigeria 2007, named a former Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, former Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Prof. Maurice Iwu, former Governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, former Acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Obafemi, the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in the 2015 election in Benue State, Terhemen Taylor, among those indicted and recommended for prosecution.
Also named in the release is a former Kebi South Senator, Maj.Gen. Tanko Ayuba (retd), and Ekiti North Senator, Ayo Arise, both of whom were elected to the Nigerian Senate in 2007, as well as former Ondo South Senator, Hosea Ehinlanwo, who was first elected to the Senate and re-elected in 2007.
They are among other individuals, government institutions, security agencies and their personnel, listed as contributors to the widespread electoral fraud in the 2007 and 2011 general elections.
The report stated that they were part of individuals and institutions indicted by the election petition tribunals and appellate judicial bodies which sat on cases that arose from the 2007 and 2011 election cycles.
The NHRC recommended some of the individuals to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for criminal prosecution, while some government institutions, political parties, lawyers were recommended to relevant government agencies for administrative and professional sanctions, the report said.

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