The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday carried out the arraignment of Tarkumbur .G. Gregory, the Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Gombe State, as well as two of the body’s staff in retirement, Yunusa Ali Biri and Bunu Mulima.
The INEC officials were arraigned before Justice Abubakar Jauro, Judge presiding over the case in the Gombe State High Court on three count charges of the alleged receipt of gratification amounting to N138 million to ensure that the outcome of the 2015 presidential elections was illegally influenced.
The money has been traced to be part of the supposed slush fund which was allegedly given out by Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former Minister of Petroleum to influence the result of the 2015 general elections
According to the EFCC, the offense was committed between March and May 2015, which is against Section 9 (1) (2) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. However, the defendants maintained their innocence by pleading not guilty as the charges were being read against them.
In consideration of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Abubakar Aliyu, enjoined the court to carry out the fixing of a date for the trial.
The case was adjourned until November 1 and 2, 2017 for further hearing. In the cause of the adjournment of the case, Justice Jauro approved the bail conditions of the accused persons in conformance with the administrative bail that was earlier granted them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC
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