Following the last week arrest of some senior staff of Independent National Electoral Commissioner, INEC, that conducted the governorship elections in Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom State over alleged bribery by the EFCC, one of the suspects has allegedly implicated the minister of Transport, Rotimi Ameachi and the DG of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside.
A highly placed source at the commission told Nigerian pilot during the weekend that one of the suspect who participated in the guber polls in Rivers State has allegedly told the team interrogating them that Rotimi Ameachi attempted to bribe the then REC through Dakuku with a whooping sum of N500m.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has allegedly found over N675.1m in the bank accounts of different Independent National Electoral Commission officials in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Delta states.
According to the anti-graft agency, the money was received and shared by the officials during the last governorship elections.
According to the source, all the suspects are cooperating with the anti- graft agency by calling the names of all the politicians that bribed them and how the monies were lodged in some new generation bank and subsequently disbursed in various individual accounts.
Nigerian pilot also gathered that the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the 2015 election in Rivers State, Mrs. Gesila Khan, and other officials of INEC are already in EFCC custody.
Khan was quizzed by the Department of State Services in July last year but was never charged. However, Khan and four others were arrested on Thursday, by the zonal office of the EFCC in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The residences of all the suspects were subsequently searched where incriminating documents were said to have been recovered by the commission.
According to EFCC sources, Khan, who is now the REC in Cross River State, allegedly received N185.8m ahead of the March 28 and April 11, 2015 election.
A source at the EFCC, who did not want his name mentioned, said Khan had made confessional statements and was cooperating with the commission and alleged that she received the money through a special bank account and the commission had received overwhelming evidence.
“Khan was the REC in Rivers State in 2015 election before she was transferred to Cross River early this year. She was said to have received N185.8m. She has made confessional statements.”
The source further added that the operatives of the EFCC through the Financial Intelligence Unit wants to ascertain the link between Ameachi, Dakuku and INEC officials before taking further steps.
The anti-graft agency also arrested one Edem Okon Essanga, who is a retired INEC official. Essanga was arrested alongside his alleged accomplice, Immaculata Asuquo, who is the Head, Voter Education, INEC, Akwa Ibom State.
Essanga was alleged to have received over N240m which he shared among INEC ad hoc workers during the last election.
“Essanga received N241.1m during the general election. He admitted receiving the money and confirmed sharing it with different ad hoc workers during the election. His accomplice Asuquo has also been arrested,” the source added.
The source also disclosed that the EFCC arrested one Fidelia Omoile who was the INEC electoral officer in Isoko-South Local Government Area, Delta State also.
Apart from tracing over N112m to her, the commission also recovered some sensitive electoral materials during a search of her apartments in Edo and Delta states.
“She received N112.4m during the 2015 general election. A search warrant was executed at her residences in Asaba and Benin. Sensitive materials used in the 2015 elections were among materials recovered, including evidence of the suspicious bank transaction and land documents that will assist us in our investigations,” the source said.
The commission also arrested one Oluchi Obi Brown who was the INEC administrative secretary in Delta State. She allegedly received over N111m.
Further investigations by detectives revealed that Brown had about $75,000 in an account in the United States.
“Oluchi received N111.5m during the general election. Investigations showed that she operates a foreign account with the Bank of America. As of February this year, the account balance was $75,857, (N24, 274,240),” the source added.
The sum total of the money found in the bank accounts of the INEC officials is N675.1m.
Efforts by our correspondent to confirm from the Head of media and publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren about the arrest proved abortive as both his MTN and GLO line were said to be have been switched off.

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  • IykeNdigbo

    Nigeria Pilot, you guys are nitwits! So Amaechi and Peterside bribed INEC officials to lose election? Moronic journalism!