Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, has sentenced two former staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Nwosu and Bashir, to one year imprisonment each for electoral fraud.
Delivering judgment, Justice Mahmoud Abdul-Gafar found them guilty of the offence and ordered that the final forfeiture of two landed property valued at N25m at Okpanam, Asaba, Delta State, recovered from the first convict, Nwosu, as well as a N5m bank draft raised by him in favour of the commission to the Federal Government.
The judge also ordered the final forfeiture of a four-bedroom flat worth N27m at No. 60, Umme Street, Wuse, Abuja, recovered from the second convict, Inda-Bashir, to the Federal Government.
A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Wilson Uwujaren, said the convicts, Christian Nwosu and Tijani Bashir, were arraigned on seven counts bordering on criminal misappropriation and breach of trust while in the employ of INEC.
He added that the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them, thereby leading to their trial.
During the trial, the prosecution, led by Rotimi Oyedepo, called witnesses and tendered several documents which were admitted in evidence by the court.
In the face of overwhelming evidence against them, the convicts opted for a plea bargain with the prosecution and also changed their pleas to ‘guilty’.
Consequently, the prosecution reviewed the facts before the court and prayed that the defendants be convicted accordingly.