Court sentences returning officer, lecturer to 36 months imprisonment for election fraud

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Housewife drags sister-in-law to court for alleged assault, defamationHigh Court sitting in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom, has sentenced  an INEC returning officer, Prof. Peter Ogban, to 36 months imprisonment for election fraud.

Delivering judgment, Justice Augustine Odokwo, also ordered Ogban to pay a fine of N100, 000 for count 2, which is falsification of result in Etim Ekpo/Oruk Anam collation centre during the 2019 National Assembly election on Feb. 24.

Ogban, who acted as the Collation/Returning Officer in the 2019 National Assembly elections was standing trial for allegedly manipulating and falsifying the scores of election results in Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo Local Government Areas.

Justice Odokwo sentenced Ogban after he pleaded for leniency.

He pleaded for leniency on the premise that he has dependents including a 90-year-old mother to take care.

Ogban added that he was a respectable member of his community and a very valuable and sought after lecturer in the department of Soil Science, both in the University of Uyo and…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper