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Rivers Rerun: Police Recovers N111m Bribe from INEC Officials



Nigeria Police has said that it’s Special Investigation Panel on Rivers State rerun elections has recovered N111m from officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This was disclosed in a tweet by Abayomi Shogunle, the Officer in Charge of Police Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit. He said:

The Chairman of the Investigative Panel, DCP Damian Okoro had, in two letters exclusively obtained by The Nation, revealed that 23 INEC officials have been arrested over bribery allegations.

The Names of the Arrested Officers as Contained in Okoro’s Letter

The names of the officers and present posting are: Ewatade P. Taiwo (Oyo); Aminu Karimu (Oyo); Adedokun Najeem Ayotunde (Oyo); Balogun Funmilayo (Oyo); Agams O. Kadiri (Oyo); Akinwande R. Adesoji (Oyo); Lukeman Olabimpe (Oyo); Tiamiyu R. Arowolo (Oyo); Akinwoye Amodu A (Anambra) and Iro Abali Mba (Anambra).

Others are Enuke Patrick (Anambra); Nwosu Oluchi G. (Anambra); Arukwe Chinelo (Anambra); Henry Owokure (Anambra); Nwoha Yusuf (Anambra); Hussaina Yahaya Tanko (Plateau); Gayus Hassan (Plateau); Ivase Stephen Aondona (Plateau); Abdullahi Ogabo (Plateau); Gwatana Jibril Joseph (Plateau); and Mohammed L. Sittu (Plateau).

I wish to inform you that Mary Tunkoyo, the electoral officer at Emohua LGA and James Ogwuche who served as electoral officer at Ahoada West LGA are also in custody of the panel.

The Money

Governor Nyesom Wike had also approached the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for an order stopping the probe, one which was denied.

Wike had also accused the panel of being biased.


  1. Anne

    February 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    If it is true. Welldone, because I don’t want us to digress from the protest.

  2. Benson Ossai

    February 7, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    That explains why there is a problem in the system.I think it is a systemic thing.I suggest that corruption studies should be taught in primary secondary and our tertiary institutions maybe i say maybe we will be able to reduce it.Different types of corruption in the system and that is why we have leaders and citizens, not all though, that are so incompetent in their various areas of endeavors.

  3. CovertNigerian

    February 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Ethics have died in Nigeria.

    Meanwhile, all this money and all these names of INEC officials, but no mention of the person(s) accused of giving the bribes? Not even a description of their affiliation? I hope we get that information too.

  4. skyhigh

    February 7, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    wao…in this country all we think about is the here and now..heartless people who have lost all principle and morals…

  5. Aibee

    February 7, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Naija police are soooo funny. 23 INEC Officials and N111m in cash and the money was still sitting tight almost a year after the elections? Seriously?! If someone bribed you, would you keep the cash lying around waiting for the Police “Special Investigative Panel”? The money is even still bundled up as if it was just withdrawn from the bank vaults. Oriegwu!

    I’m not disputing that some people were bribed oh, just wondering if this cash we are looking at is the actual bribe money. Dazall.

    • LostInSpace

      February 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      @ Aibee, the cash must have been recovered from their accounts..

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