The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has vowed to deal decisively with any of its staff found culpable in the December 10, 2016 re-run elections in Rivers even though it was yet to receive the report of the Police panel that investigated activities surrounding the exercise.
The panel, which was constituted by police high command submitted report to the Inspector-General of Police on Tuesday in Abuja.
The report said that N111m was recovered from 23 INEC officials that participated in the elections. The recovered cash was displayed during the presentation of the report at Police Headquarters,
INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi said that the commission had not been briefed on the report by anybody on it.
He added that on receiving the report and indictment, INEC would support all processes to prosecute the people allegedly involved in the alleged bribery.
Chairman of the panel, Damian Okoro, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, made the allegation while presenting the team’s report to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in Abuja on Tuesday.
He alleged that three senior election officials collected N20m each out of the N360m allegedly given to key officials by the state governor, Nyesom Wike.
Other INEC officials according to him also received N15m each.
Osaze-Uzzi said “we await the police report; just like everybody saw it on the media that was how we also saw it.
“As at today, they have not communicated to say this is the report.
“We know the panel has submitted report to the IG, maybe, he will study it and avail us with the report if need be.”
The INEC director said that the commission would allow the law to take its course on any of its staff members indicted in the alleged bribe.
“If any of our staff has been found culpable, we will deal with him appropriately and then allow the law to take its course.
“If they are charged to court, then normal administrative process will follow.
“If they are convicted, necessary action will be taken. If they are not convicted, we will examine if they have committed any administrative breach.
“If they have committed any administrative breach we will deal with that administratively, while the police will deal with the criminal aspect of it.”
Osaze-Uzzi said that the commission had been cooperating with the special investigative panel and the police on the matter.
“We are determined to weed out any bad egg from the system,”