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Three officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have been arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos for allegedly benefitting from the multimillion dollars looted funds used to finance the 2015 election of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.


Yemi Akinwunmi, Atiba Dickson and Ogunmodede Oladayo were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi.


The EFCC is prosecuting Akinwunmi, Dickson and Oladayo on eight counts of conspiracy, diversion of public funds and money laundering to the tune of one hundred and seventy-nine million, eight hundred thousand naira.


The defendants are alleged to have collected the slush funds from former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.


EFCC spokesman said in a statement that investigation revealed that the money was disbursed to some chieftains of the PDP, as well as some retired staff of INEC in Ogun State in order to compromise the 2015 general elections.


However; all three defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them, following which the prosecution counsel, Nnaemeka Omewa, asked the court for a trial date and also prayed that the defendants be remanded in prison custody.


However, counsel to the defendants, Ayo Ogungbesan, moved an oral application for bail on behalf of his clients, which the trial judge refused, insisting that the counsel must make a formal application for bail.


Consequently, Justice Hassan adjourned the matter to August 6, 2018 for hearing of the bail application and ordered the defendants to be remanded prison custody.


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