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Diezani Alison-Madueke INEC disowns staff who received bribes from ex-minister

The remark was made by INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu during a meeting with editors in Lagos on May 9, 2016.

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These are the biggest corruption stories of 2017 play Nigeria's former minister of petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke addresses delegates at the opening of the Nigeira Oil & Gas 2014 conference in Abuja, March 18, 2014, REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (Reuters)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disowned officials of the agency who were accused of receiving bribes from former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke prior to the 2015 elections.

The remark was made by INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu during a meeting with editors in Lagos on May 9, 2016, Premium Times reports.

According to a statement released by INEC’s Director, Voters’ Education and Publicity, Oluwole Ozaze-Uzzi, Yakubu said:

“Whatever level of cooperation any of the agencies requires of the Commission, we will give that level of cooperation because it is also in a bid to sanitize the system.

“I hope also it (investigation) will extend to the givers not just the takers so that there will be collective sanity. Whoever violates the law of this land and there are questions to answer, the person should answer, the person should bear his own cross.

“All the staff that are fingered are individuals. It is not a collective institutional thing. They should go and answer for what they have alleged to have done.”

Some of the INEC staff who have been named in the scandal are Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State, Gesila Khan, Deputy Director of INEC in Cross River state, Edem Okon Effanga and the Head of Voter Education in INEC in Akwa Ibom, Immaculata Asuquo.

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