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Election rigging confession: Why we cannot investigate Mantu – INEC

Election rigging confession: Why we cannot investigate Mantu – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has explained why it cannot investigate a former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, who recently confessed to rigging previous elections in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, spoke in a chat with Punch.

“if any security agency sends a report to the commission regarding Mantu’s claim, then INEC will take action. We are not an investigative body. We can only prosecute when investigation had been concluded”, he said.

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“The security agencies have to investigate first and when they have concluded their investigation, they will send the case files to us and if there is a case that has been established, we will prosecute.”

“For now, we don’t regard the telecast as an admission of crime until we receive a complaint following which we would invite Mantu and interrogate him”.

Meanwhile, a coalition of civil society groups, OurMumuDonDo, led by Charly boy, on Friday demanded the prosecution of the former Senate President.

In a letter to INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood, the coalition demanded that Mantu be arraigned for allegedly “subverting the will of the people during several elections.”

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