INEC Chairman

By Ige Olugbenga

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended 202 personnel of the commission who were indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for graft and bribe-taking.

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The officials allegedly collected N23 billion ahead of the 2015 general elections.

The leadership of the commission also placed the affected officials on half salaries indefinitely pending their prosecution by the security agencies.

The commission had earlier announced the suspension of 23 electoral officers who were indicted by the Joint Police/DSS report on the Rivers rerun election on March 9, 2017.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of the South-West, Solomon Soyebi, who made the disclosure during a press briefing in Abuja, said that the commission took the decision to suspend the affected electoral officers because the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) was investigating them for prosecution.

He explained that the decision was taken to suspend action on the 202 members of the commission to enable INEC reconcile the EFCC’s report with that of the DPP, which is working on their prosecution.