Three INEC Officials Remanded In Prison For ‘Receiving Illegal N22m Cash In 2015

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arraigned three Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials at the Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged money laundering and bribery. Gbadegun Abiodun, Oladipo Oladapo and Afolabi Albert were arraigned before Justice Chuka Obiozor on five counts of conspiracy to receive millions of naira in cash without going through a financial institution.

EFCC said the three, on March 30, 2015, conspired to accept cash payment of N177.3million without going through a financial institution. The commission said the offence of accepting cash payment exceeding N5million violates Section 18 and is punishable under Section 16 (2) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 as amended by the Act No 2, 2012.

Abiodun, Oladapo and others at large were said to have received N22million in April 2015 which they allegedly obtained through forgery thereby violating Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering Act. In Count Four, EFCC said Oladapo and others at large took possession of N3million in cash from Abiodun when he “reasonably ought to have known that the said N3million was proceeds of your unlawful activity to wit: bribery”.

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