Justice P. I. Ajaku of the Federal High Court in Benin-city, Edo State, thursday ordered the Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Delta State, Uluocha Obi Brown, and a renowned legal practitioner and former President, Rotary Club, Benin-City, Percy Okojie, be remanded in prison custody.
The duo were arraigned before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an eight-count amended charge, bordering on conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of N 111.5 million.
According to the EFCC Head of Media and Information, Wilson Uwujaren, “The defendants were docked for allegedly collecting the sum of N111, 500, 000 as bribe during the weeks leading to the 2015 presidential election.
“They are among the over 100 INEC officials who allegedly collected part of the $115million (N23billion) disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, during the countdown to the 2015 presidential election.
“Brown was arrested sometime in 2016, following an intelligence received by the EFCC on the activities of some INEC staff, allegedly conniving with the West African Network of Election Observers (WANEO) a Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO) to defraud the federal government of a huge sum of money, running into billions of naira during the 2015 general election.