The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arraigned three officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the Federal High Court Lagos for alleged bribery.
They have been accused of collecting bribe from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke on 27th March to compromise the 2015 general elections.
The accused, Christian Nwosu, Yisa Adedoyin and Tijani Bashir were charged on a seven-count along with Madueke, who was said to be at large.
While the charges were read and Nwosu pleaded guilty while Adedoyin and Bashir pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Rotimi Oyedepo, the prosecutor informed the court that Nwosu had elected to enter into plea bargain with the EFCC.
Nwosu’s lawyer, Adeku Nbangba confirmed the position and pleaded with Justice Mohammed Idris to temper justice with mercy in deciding the fate of the accused.
The judge granted bail in the sum of N50 million each to Adedoyin and Bashir, adding that they should deposit their international passport with the court’s registrar.
Idris also ruled that Nwosu be remanded in prison and adjourned till April 17 for sentencing.