Nigerian court remands three electoral officials in prison over alleged money laundering
Lagos, July 30, 2018 (AltAfrica)-A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Nigeria has remanded three officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in prison custody.
Justice Muslim Hassan gave the remand order when Yemi Akinwonmi, Dickson Atiba, and Ogunmodede Oladayo, were brought before the judge on Monday.
The defendants who were INEC officials in Ogun State were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly laundering the sum of N179.8 million.
In the charge sheet, the anti-graft agency claimed the trio sometime in March 2015 within the jurisdiction of the court conspired to take the sum which they ought to have reasonably known were part of proceeds of fraud, without going through any financial institution, thereby committing an offence contrary to section 18a of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of 2011 as amended.
The EFCC noted that the crime was punishable under section 15 (3) and (4) of the same Act.
The three persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.
Justice Hassan consequently adjourned the case till August 6 for the defendants to take their bail application.