TRIAL OF INEC OFFICIALS: ‘I made statement under duress’

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By Onozure Dania

Lagos—THE ongoing trial of three Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officials over alleged N264, 880,000, gratification, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, presided over  Justice Mohammed Idris, took another twist yesterday, as one of the accused told the court that his confessional statement was made under duress.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

This came as  Justice Idris adjourned further hearing in the trial to December 4, 2017. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, had on May 3, 2017, re-arraigned the INEC officials; Christian Nwosu, Yisa Olanrewaju Adedoyin and Tijani Bashir on an amended six-count charge bordering on receiving gratification to the tune of N264, 880,000.

At the resumed hearing of the matter, the first defendant, Nwosu, told the court that the three…



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