Rivers rerun: 25 indicted INEC staff to face prosecution


Rivers rerun: 25 indicted INEC staff to face prosecution




Twenty five staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) indicted in the report of the joint Police/DSS Special Investigation panel on the December 10 Rivers State rerun parliamentary elections are to face criminal prosecution.

Twenty eight others who were indicted in a Report set up by an Administrative Inquiry set up by INEC into the same election are to face internal disciplinary action for gross misconduct, dereliction of duty and negligence.

National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi, who briefed journalists after a meeting my INEC management yesterday said the Commission has received the Report of the Joint Police/DSS Panel.

“From the Report, we gathered that the Police have concluded their investigations and 25 INEC staff who were indicted will be prosecuted. The Commission has resolved to fully co-operate with the Police in this process”, Soyebi said.

He said in addition and without prejudice to their prosecution, the indicted INEC staff will also face the Commission’s internal disciplinary process, stressing: “The Commission wishes to reiterate very clearly that it will not shield any of its staff that engages in any conduct that will undermine the integrity of the electoral process.”

According to the National Commissioner, INEC also considered the report of its panel and accepted its recommendations that all the 28 indicted staff should face internal disciplinary action for gross misconduct, dereliction of duty and negligence.

He disclosed the commission will offer automatic employment to two Youth Corps members: Aguna Isaac and Ademola Oluwatoba who served as Presiding Officers during the rerun election while the Divisional Police Officer of Phalga at the time of the election, was also commended for his exemplary conduct and professionalism during the poll.


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