CHRISTIAN NWOSU, a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, has pleaded guilty to receiving 30 million naira bribe from the 23 billion naira allegedly disbursed by former Minister of Petroleum, DIEZANI ALISON-MADUEKE, to compromise electoral officers before the 2015 general election.
NWOSU was said to have received a cash payment of 30 million naira as Director and Administrative Secretary of INEC in Kwara State.
He was among three INEC officials that were docked by the EFCC before Justice MOHAMMED IDRIS of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi Lagos, on a 7-count charge bordering on receiving gratification to the tune of 265 million naira.
Both the second and third defendants, ADEDOYIN and BASHIR, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
After the prosecution counsel, ROTIMI OYEDEPO, told the court that NWOSU – the first defendant – had entered a plea bargain agreement to forfeit the properties he used the money to acquire to the Federal Government, Justice IDRIS found him liable as charged but deferred his sentencing to May 7, 2017.