Three INEC Staff Dragged To Court Over Alleged Theft

  • Three INEC staff have been dragged to court over alleged theft.

EKO HOT BLOG reports that three staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have been dragged before Kwara State magistrate court sitting in Ilorin.

Three INEC Staff Dragged To Court Over Alleged Theft
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The suspects, Joseph Agena, Babatunde Ambali and Ajadi Iyanda, were arrested by the men of the Adewole Divisional Police Station and later transferred to the Anti-cultism section of the state CID.

Three INEC Staff Dragged To Court Over Alleged Theft
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The trio was charged with offences bordering on criminal conspiracy, negligent conduct, mischief and theft which contravened sections 97, 196, 327 and 287 of the penal code.

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According to the Police’s First Information Report (FIR), the matter was reported on 06/11/2021 by Ibrahim Abdulwaheed of INEC Office, Ilorin that some unknown thief/thieves trespassed into their office, vandalizing their transformer and generator in the process.

They were also said to have severed and carted away some cables valued at N700,000.

The sheet further added that: “On November 6th, 2021, at about 1am, the duo of Agena and Ambali while on night duty as security guards at INEC office, criminally conspired with Iyanda, the technician in charge of electricity and other criminal elements now at large, to vandalize the transformer and generator plants cables among other valuables.

“Further investigation revealed that the ruptured armour cable insulator and aluminium wires were recovered from the scene of the crime.”

Counsels to the three suspects, J.T Bisong, Isaac Omole and T. M Olaitan, sought the bail of their clients.

But Prosecutor, Sanni Abdullahi, objected and prayed the court to remand all the suspects at the correctional facility.

While ruling, the Presiding Magistrate, A. O. Idiagbon, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties in like sum.

Idiagbon, however, adjourned the case to 24th of November, 2021 for further mentioning.

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