National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, yesterday named former governor of Delta State,
Emmanuel Uduaghan, former chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Maurice Iwu among other individuals, government institutions, security agencies and their personnel as contributors to the widespread electoral fraud in the 2007 and 2011 general elections.
The NHRC stated this in a report it released at its headquarters in Abuja yesterday.
It stated that the individuals and institutions were part of those indicted by the election petition tribunals and appellate judicial bodies which sat on cases that arose from the 2007 and 2011 election cycles.
Also contained in the list of indicted persons and institutions are a former governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, a former acting governor of Kogi State, Clarence Obafemi, and the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in the 2015 election in Benue State, Mr. Terhemen Tarzoor.
A former Kebi South senator, Maj.-Gen. Tanko Ayuba (rtd), and Ekiti North senator, Ayo Arise, both of who were elected to the Nigerian Senate in 2007, as well as former Ondo South senator, Hosea Ehinlanwo, who was first elected to the Senate and re-elected in 2007, were also on the list.
Also on the list were the INEC and many of its officers, the PDP, the defunct Action Congress of
Nigeria, and the All Nigerian Peoples Party.
The NHRC recommended some of the individuals to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, for criminal prosecution.
Some others, including government institutions, political parties and lawyers were recommended to relevant government agencies for administrative and professional sanctions.
The report was titled ‘Phase 1 of the Final Report of An Independent Review of Evidence of Gross Violations of the Rights to Participate in Government, to Public Service, and to Fair Trial
Through the Election Petition Process in Nigeria 2007.’
Also,National Human Right Commission, NHRC, has said that all persons indicted of committing electoral impunity and election-related crimes by relevant electoral tribunals and appellate courts in the country might soon face prosecution.
The first list of all indicted persons have been sent to the office of Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice for onward prosecution, informing also that the current report contains the upgraded.
Angwe stated this in his remark during the launch and presentation of a project report entitled ‘End Election Impunity’ at the conference hall of the commission’s national headquarters, Abuja, yesterday.
According to the executive secretary, the 284-page report entitled ‘An Independent Review of Evidence of Gross Violations of the Rights to Participate in Government, to Public Service, and to Fair Trial Through the Election Petition Process in Nigeria 2007-2011: Phase 1 Final Report’ is meant to ensure that all those who perpetrated impunities in the period under review are punished if found guilty upon prosecution.
“After presentation of the initial report in 2014, a preliminary list of names of indicted persons and institutions was made available to the Attorney-General of the Federation and State Attorneys-General for further investigation and possible prosecution for electoral crimes.
“With the finalisation of this report, that list has been upgraded and will be sent to the Attorney-General of the Federation and State Attirneys-General. We hope that necessary steps will be taken to ensure that those persons or institutions indicted are held accountable for their infractions during the 2007 and 2011 election cycles. This will surely curb electoral impunity in Nigeria,” he said.
He added that electoral impunity denies Nigerians their popular mandate, as he charged other stakeholders such as INEC, civil society organisations, politicians and political parties, Nigerian Bar Association, and the media to join hands with NHRC in this task.
The director-general of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Osita O. Osita; Chief Complainant of Public Complaint Commission; representatives of the AGF, INEC chairman, NUC, president of the ECOWAS Court, Chief Justice of Nigeria, OSIWA, civil society groups, among others were present at the occasion.


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