A staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Fidelia Omoile, has been remanded in prison by a Federal High Court over an alleged N112.4million bribe.
In a report by SaharaReporter, Omoile was remanded in custody after she was arraigned by the EFCC for a two-count amended charge bordering on conspiracy and money laundering.
Omoile had reportedly served as an INEC official in Isoko South Local Government Area during the 2015 presidential election, where she allegedly got a bribe of N112,480,000.
The EFCC had alleged that Omoile is one of the 100 INEC officials to receive bribes from ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who allegedly disbursed roughly $115 million total in bribes.
After reading her charges to Omoile, who pleaded not guilty in the court that was presided over by Justice O. Efreti, the judge turned down the defendant’s application for bail, directing that the application be filed formally.
Justice Efreti also adjourned the matter to June 2017 for hearing and ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody pending the determination of her bail.
It would be recalled that Mrs. Omoile was arrested on April 11, 2016 after the EFCC received a tip that she was bribed during the run-up to the 2015 election.