Court jails 2 INEC staff for 42 years over N362m Diezani bribe

Diezani Alison-Madueke

A Yola High Court has sentenced two officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ) to 21 years imprisonment each for receiving a bribe of N362 million from former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, during 2015 general elections.

Ibrahim Mohammed and Sahabo Iya-Hamman were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside Diezani who is at large.


They were arraigned under the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

Justice Nathan Musa pronounced the guilty verdict on Thursday after hearing testimonies from 15 witnesses.

The judge said that although N362 million was received by the officials, they only shared five per cent of the money to other staff of the commission leaving the balance unaccounted for.


He, however, said that following a plea by their counsel, they have been sentenced to seven years each on each of the three count charges, adding that the sentence would run concurrently.

Justice Musa also urged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to liaise with INTERPOL for the arrest of Diezani.