The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday said it had concluded arrangements to prosecute a deputy director of the Independent Electoral Commission ( INEC,) in Akwa Ibom State and former Electoral Officer in Rivers State, Gogo Anderson Waribo, for allegedly collecting N16 million of the N23.29 billion poll bribery cash.
A statement by the EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the suspect would be put on trial as soon as investigation was concluded.
The statement said: “Waribo allegedly collected N16 million linked to the N23 billion slush fund linked to 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 intelligence report that some INEC officers conspired with some staff of Fidelity Bank to defraud the Federal Government of several millions of naira.
“Although he denied the allegations, investigation revealed that the INEC deputy director’s name was on the list of the “bribe takers”.
“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.
He will be arraigned as soon as investigation is completed.
“The EFCC has been probing the embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, on her alleged involvement in a $115 million (N23, 299,705, 000) 2015 poll bribery scandal.”
About four oil firms, 14 directors of oil companies, two banks, two resident electoral commissioners (RECs), more than 16 INEC directors and others are under investigation.
The INEC queried about 200 workers, who were allegedly implicated in the alleged N23.29 billion poll bribery scandal during the 2015 general elections.
Also, a panel headed by a National Commissioner, Alhaji Baba Shetiima Arfo, was set up to investigate the involvement of some INEC workers in the scam.
Besides internal sanctions by INEC, the indicted personnel will still be put on trial by the EFCC.