Three INEC Officials Remanded In Prison

The Federal High Court in Lagos has reminded three members of staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in prison custody for alleged money laundering.

The Presiding judge, Justice Muslim Hassan, gave the names of the INEC officials as Ogunmodede Oladayo, Yemi Akiwonmi and Dickson Atiba on Monday.

The INEC officials in Ogun State were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly laundering the sum of N179.8 million.

According to EFCC, the suspects in March 2015 within the jurisdiction of the court conspired to take N179.8 million, which is regarded as part of proceeds of fraud, without going through any financial institution, thereby committing an offence contrary to section 18a of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of 2011 as amended.

The EFCC noted that the crime was punishable under section 15 (3) and (4) of the same Act.

However, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them at the court.

The case has since been adjourned till August 6 by Justice Hassan for the defendants to take their bail application.

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