Corruption INEC suspends 202 staff over alleged N23bn bribe, slashes their salary

The affected personnel were indicted by the EFCC for allegedly receiving the N23 billion bribe ahead of the 2015 general elections.

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The National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended 202 of its staff over alleged election fraud.

The affected personnel were indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly receiving the N23 billion bribe ahead of the 2015 general elections.

This was disclosed in Abuja by INEC National Commissioner in charge South West, Solomon Soyebi.

Salaries of the personnel were also slashed by half indefinitely pending their prosecution by the security agencies, Soyebi said.

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INEC had earlier suspended 23 electoral officers who were indicted by the Joint Police/DSS report on the Rivers rerun election on March 9, 2017.