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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

23 INEC authorities specified in Rivers bribe scandal for Sept 15


A Federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday, deferred till September 15 for the arraignment of the 23 staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said in the renumeration charge in Rivers State. The deferment was spin-off of an application by direct for the first to twentieth litigants, Wale Balogun, that the issue was not critical, so ought not be taken care of amid the get-away period. The court had settled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, inside the judges' excursion time frame for arraignment of the suspects and trial. The arraigning counsel, Alilu Kayode, had, amid the sitting, asked for the court to pull back the prior charges against the respondents and implored the court to take the changed charges against the suspects. In his accommodation, the barrier advise, Balogun, demanded that the issue ought not be heard amid get-away period since it doesn't require such direness. Alluding to Criminal Practice Direction, Criminal Trial (Federal High Court), Balogun, noticed that the law gives that the gatherings for a situation must concur before a case is settled amid excursion, including that it was not in question that the two conditions were deficient for the situation. In the interim, trial judge, Justice Hilary Oshomah, noticed that the issue was charged to court before the get-away and that it is not a get-away issue and suspended till September 15 for arraignment of the suspects and trial.

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