Electoral officer arraigned for Nigeria poll fraud

From EMEKA OKONKWO
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – A SERVING Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) official has been remanded in custody for allegedly taking bribes from a now disgraced former minister to manipulate the 2015 Nigeria general elections.
Fidelia Omoile, an official from INEC’s Delta State branch, is among more than 100 INEC officers alleged to have received US$115 million (N23 billion) disbursed by then Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison- Madueke.
The People’s Democratic Party of Allison-Madueke lost to the All Progressives Congress of current President Muhammadu Buhari.
Justice Efreti Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State ordered Omoile to be remanded on a two- count amended charge,
bordering on conspiracy and money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Earlier, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Justice Abang however turned down the application for bail, directing that the application be filed formally.
He also adjourned the matter to June 6.
CAJ News

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