INEC deputy director jailed over N45m bribe

Justice Yusuf Birnin-Kudu of the Jigawa State High Court convicted Auwal Jibrin, Deputy Director of the Independent National Electoral Commission, to six years in prison for illegitimate enrichment and gratification.

In the run-up to the 2015 presidential election, he was convicted alongside one Garba Ismaila who bagged seven years in prison for benefiting from the $115,010 million largesse of former Petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The two men were sentenced by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Kano Zonal Office, on Friday following their prosecution.
Acting Speaker of the EFCC, Tony Orilade, who announced this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said that the two convicts received N45 m of the N250 m disbursed in Jigawa State to impact the results of the 2015 elections.

Jibrin and Ismaila pleaded ‘ not guilty ‘ to the six and seven counts against them, thus setting the stage for a full trial in which the prosecution brought five witnesses and tendered 20 exhibits against them.

Delivering judgment, Justice Birnin-Kudu held that, beyond reasonable doubt, the prosecution proved “all the elements and facts of the case contained in the charge and testimonies of tendered witnesses and exhibits.”

He added that the defence team failed to counter the evidence submitted through its witnesses by the prosecution.
The court therefore found the first defendant guilty as being charged on count two, while on counts one and three the second defendant was found guilty.

However, they were released on counts of four, five, and six by the court.

The judge further ordered that the retrieved money and assets connected to the inquiry be finally forfeited, with the exception of a three-bedroom apartment attached to No. 1 Hadejia Road, Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State.

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