8 Million PVCs Yet To Be Collected– INEC

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has said that eight million Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected by Nigerians.

This is even as he identified non-prosecution of electoral offenders as one of the factors hindering smooth conduct of elections in the country.

He also frowned at the non-existence of strong laws to deter  electoral offenders, saying the absence of such a provision or law has allowed for an abiding culture of electoral malpractices responsible for some of the many hitches the commission has been dealing with.

Yakubu, who spoke with newsmen in Lagos at the weekend, said that only a small fraction of election offenders have been successfully prosecuted in the country.

‘One of the challenges facing us as a commission is the problem we face in prosecuting election offenders.

‘While the police can prosecute those involved in Ballot Box snatching and the likes, what have we done to the real politicians behind such practice?

‘Don’t forget again that some of our staff can also collaborate with politicians to try and upturn the wish of the people but we shall continue to plead with the relevant government agencies to strengthen our laws pertaining to the prosecution of  electoral  offenders.

He said the prosecution of electoral offenders was crucial to successful elections but noted that INEC neither has its own police nor the capacity to investigate infractions during elections.

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Monies Collected From Dasuki By Dokpesi, Bafarawa, Others, Not For Arms Purchase– Agency

PRNigeria, an agency which distributes press statements for organisations and individuals in Nigeria, has said that contrary to public perception, not all funds disbursed from the office of the National Securty Adviser, ONSA are meant for arms procurement.

The firm in a statement Thursday denied that former NSA, Sambo Dasuki implicated some past governors and officials of the Peoples Democratic Party.

It also said “not all funds in Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) are related to arm procurement as being alleged.”

The Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC, is presently investigating how over $2.2 billion meant for the procurement of arms and ammunition for Nigerian armed forces were allegedly diverted for political and other purposes.

The investigation is the outcome of a presidential investigation committee, which has now indicted a lot of officials within and outside the ONSA.

President Muhammadu had on receipt of the interim report of the committee directed that all those indicted in the report be arrested.

EFCC so far have in detention the former NSA, Dasuki, and former Minister of state for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, owner of AIT/Raypower, Raymond Dokpesi as well as a former governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa.

Others in detention include the son of Mr. Bafarawa, Sagir Bafarawa, and that of a former Minister of Defence, Bello Mohammed, Abba Mohammed.

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Why I Collected N2.1 Bn From Dasuki– Dokpesi

Raymond Dokpesi, founder of Daar Communication, owners of Ray Power radio network and Africa Independent Television, has said the money he received from the office of the National Security Adviser during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan was payment for media and political campaign for the 2015 general election.

Mr. Dokpesi was questioned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission on Tuesday over the N2.1 billion he allegedly received from the office of the NSA.

The Nigerian government has made high profile arrests in connection with alleged diversion of billions of naira meant for procurement of arms for the fight against Boko Haram.

A former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, is among those arrested.

Mr. Dokpesi’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, had earlier said that his client had written to the EFCC informing the anti-graft body it never did business with the NSA’s office.

“What I know is that the EFCC wrote to Daar Holdings asking for a list of directors and whether it has done any business or contract with the office of the NSA in the past and how much was involved,” the lawyer said in a telephone interview.

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