Just a month after the EFCC grilled Gesila Khan, former resident electoral commissioner for Rivers State during the 2015 general elections, 11 other officials of INEC who worked in Gombe State during this period have all confessed to collecting N120 million out of the N23 billion ($115 million) Diezani Alison-Madueke was alleged to have diverted for personal gain, Sahara Reporters reported.
EFCC officials revealed that the 11 INEC officials reported themselves to INEC office in Gombe on Thursday. They were in charge of the 11 local government areas of the state during the general elections last year.
The EFCC officials stated that the 11 affected INEC officials made confessional statements to the effect that they each collected several millions of naira for their respective LGAs. According to the officials, two among them received the bribe on behalf of the entire group.
“The electoral officer for Akko Local Government Area, Ahmed Biu; and the one in charge of Gombe Local Government Area, Ahmed Ali Biu, and Mohammed Zannah, admitted to have collected the bribe from one Yunusa Biri, also a retired electoral officer who acted as Gombe State coordinator of bribes for electoral officers in the state,” INEC officials quipped.
“Biri was known and addressed as the coordinator of NGO, a code name used to cover the activities of the two parties.”
All the INEC officials are currently in EFCC detention. They are: Godwin Maiyaki, Gambo Balanga, Bukar Benisheik, Dukku, Jibril Muhammed, Billiri, Dunguma Dogona, Funakaye, Mohammed Wanka, Kaltungo, Ishaku Yusuf, Kwami, Suleiman Isawa, Babagana Malami, Shongom, and Nuhu Samuel.
Since her arrest in London last year, Alison-Madueke continues to deny looting public funds during her tenure as Minister of Petroleum Resources under the former President Jonathan Goodluck administration.