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EFCC to prosecute INEC deputy director for fraud

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said it will prosecute a deputy director at the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, in Akwa Ibom State, Gogo Waribo,  for taking bribe.

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Mr Waribo is a former Electoral Officer in Rivers State.

The suspect allegedly collected N16 million from the N23 billion slush fund linked to former petroleum minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, during the 2015 general election, with the aim of influencing the outcome of the election.

He was arrested by EFCC operatives following report that some INEC officers conspired with some staff of Fidelity Bank to defraud the Federal Government of several millions of naira, EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said Tuesday.

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Although Mr. Waribo denied the allegations, investigation revealed that the INEC Deputy Director’s name was on the list of the bribe takers.

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It was revealed that he received N16 million through his First Bank account on March 27, 2015 and gave N5 million to Peter Popnen, an ex- INEC official.

EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said Mr Waribo would be arraigned at the completion of investigation.

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