INEC officials remanded in prison

A Federal High Court judge in Lagos has remanded three officials of Nigeria's electoral, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in prison for alleged monery laundering.

The officials were brought before Justice Muslim Hassan, by anti-graft body Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly laundering the sum of N179.8 million.

The anti-graft agency accused the suspects, Yemi Akinwonmi, Dickson Atiba,
and Ogunmodede Oladayo, of conspiring to take the sum which they ought to have reasonably known were part of proceeds of fraud,  by bypassing financial institution.

The EFCC called the act an offence contrary to section 18a of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) and (4) of the same Act.

The suspects however pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them.

The case was subsequently adjourned til l August 6 to allow the defendants take their bail application.

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