2 INEC Officers Sentenced To 1 Year Imprisonment Each Over Misappropriation, Breach Of Trust
Information reaching naija news house has it that Kwara State High Court has sentenced 2 former staff members of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to 1 year imprisonment each.
It was gathered that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arraigned the suspects, Christian Nwosu and Tijani Inda-Bashir, on a seven counts bordering on criminal misappropriation and criminal breach of trust while they were staff members of INEC.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them, which led to their full trial.
During the trial, the prosecution, led by Rotimi Oyedepo, called witnesses who tendered several documents that were admitted in evidence by the court.
The convicts, thereafter, opted for a plea bargain with the prosecution and also changed their pleas to “guilty”.
Consequently, the prosecution reviewed the facts before the court and prayed that the defendants be convicted accordingly.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Abdul-Gafar found them guilty of the offence and sentenced them to one-year imprisonment each.
The Judge also ordered the final forfeiture of two landed properties valued at N25 million at Okpanam, Asaba in Delta State recovered from the first convict, Nwosu, as well as a N5 million bank draft raised by him in favour of the Commission to the Federal Government.
He also ordered the final forfeiture of a four-bedroom flat worth N27m million at No. 60 Umme Street, Wuse Abuja recovered from the second convict, Inda-Bashir, to the Federal Government
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