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INEC official arrested for fraud

18 November 2013, 07:34Augustine Osayande

Abuja - An official from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and a government counterpart have been arrested for alleged electoral fraud this past weekend.

The INEC official was identified as Okeke Chukwujekwu, who was in charge of Idemili North area of Anambra State while the government official was not named.

The INEC chairman Professor Atahiru Jega, said the electoral officer held some results sheets and distributed false result sheets.

“The Electoral Officer of Idemili North, for some inexplicable reason messed up the distribution of electoral material. He held some results sheets and in turn distributed false result sheets,” Jega said.

Jega added that the electoral officer and the local government supervisor had been handed to the police.

“We believe strongly that there was connivance between the electoral officer and unknown agents to subvert the electoral process. We are serious about this matter and whoever is responsible will be apprehended and handed over for prosecution”

The INEC chairman said people who allegedly bribed the electoral officer would be arrested.

“We need to collectively pay attention to people responsible for financially inducing electoral officer,” he said.

He assured Nigerians that INEC would ensure transparent elections in 2015 despite such corrupt elements within the organisation.

“Nigerians should be rest assured that INEC will be much better in 2015,” said Chukwujekwu.

- CAJ News


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