EFCC to arraign two for rigging NBA election

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of Nigeria
Emeh Joy

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed charges against John Demide and Sarah Ajibola for allegedly rigging the 2018 general elections of the Nigerian Bar Association which was carried out electronically.

The defendants have been charged with 1114 counts before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

EFCC in the charge sheet which was marked, FHC/L/118c/2020 alleged that the defendants conspired between themselves to "knowingly alter the email addresses and phone numbers of 1004 eligible voters of the NBA election with the intention that such inauthentic data will be acted upon as genuine during the said election".

Mr Paul Usoro (SAN)won the 2018 presidential election of the NBA. He was declared by the electoral committee to have gotten 4,509 votes thus beating his contenders, Chief Arthur Okafor (SAN) and Prof. Ernest Ojukwu (SAN) who were both declared to have polled 4,423 and 3,313 votes respectively.

However, both contenders, Okafor and Ojukwu rejected the election result saying it was rigged.

In the charges filed by the EFCC two years after the election, Demide and Ajibola were accused of fraud where they used the Supreme Court Enrolment Numbers of some lawyers to vote "with the intent of gaining electoral advantage in favours of Mr Payl Usoro".

The EFCC said the lawyers whose Supreme Court Enrolment Numbers were allegedly used by the defendants include David Anako, Gabriel Oladapo, Uthman Oluwaseun, Chiagoziem Aninilu and Bankole Toyin.

The EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo had added that Demide and Ajibola acted contrary to Section 27(1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition) Act 2015 and were liable to be punished under Section 13 of the same Act.

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