Court Sentences INEC staff To 42 Years Imprisonment For Taking Bribes

A high court sitting in Yola, has jailed two staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to 42 years behind bars for collecting bribes.

They are Ibrahim Mohammed Umar and Sahabo Iya Hamman.

Justice Nathan Musa who gave the judgment on Thursday also ordered the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the International Police to produce former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke, to face prosecution over the N362 million she sent to the two convicted INEC officials.

The money was to “fix” the 2015 presidential election in Adamawa State.

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The court convicted and sentenced the two INEC staff to seven years each on the three counts preferred against them by the EFCC.

Musa said he was giving the accused lenient sentences since they were first offenders.

He also ruled that the sentence would run concurrently.

“The offence has a mandatory provision. I’m constrained by the law. They shall be sentenced to seven years imprisonment without the option of fine.

“However in view of plea to temper justice with mercy, I will allow the sentence to run concurrently,” he said.