BREAKING: Court Sentences Nigerian professor to three-year jail for election fraud

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Court Sentences Nigerian professor  

A Nigerian scholar, Professor Peter Ogban, was found guilty of fraudulent manipulation of election results, as well as publishing and revealing fake results, by a High Court in Akwa Ibom State on Thursday.

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As a result, he was sentenced to three years in prison for the crimes.

Mr Ogban, a professor of soil science at the University of Calabar and a returning officer in the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District’s 2019 general elections, was charged with tampering with the election results of two local government areas, Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo.

Mr Ogban had previously told the court how election results were manipulated to give the All Progressives Congress (APC) an unfair advantage over its main competitor, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) (PDP).

The APC’s candidate in the election was Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs. Since defecting from the PDP, he was seeking re-election to the Senate.

Mr Akpabio was defeated by the PDP nominee, Chris Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State, in an election marred by violence.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) charged Mr Ogban in the historic case.

As of the time of filing this paper, the university lecturer was in the dock, begging for mercy from the judge, Augustine Odokwo.

More information will be forthcoming.

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