Electoral Malpractice: Uduaghan, Shagari, Others Indicted By NHRC


The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has indicted former governor of Delta state, Emmanuel Uduaghan; former minister of Water Resources, Mukhtari Shagari; and erstwhile chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Maurice Iwu, for alleged electoral offences committed in the 2007 and 2011 elections.
The commission, which also indicted Clarence Obafemi, who acted as Kogi State governor in 2008, and Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, who was once the governor of Edo State, called for disciplinary measures to be taken against those found wanting.

Senators Hosea Ehinlanwo and Ayo Arise, and the resident electoral commissioner in the 2011 election in Anambra state, Prof. C. E. Onukogu, also made the list of those indicted.

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In the final report of past decisions in electoral cases which the NHRC released on Thursday under an exercise termed: ‘Electoral Accountability Project/and Electoral Impunity Project’, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, said the organisation had over 118 indictments ranging from the political class, individuals and institutions for electoral offences.

Among other recommendations, he called on the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, the Inspector-General of Police, INEC and other relevant institutions, take necessary steps on the report including prosecuting and ensuring that disciplinary measures were taken against those found wanting.

The NHRC boss said the offences were committed in the 2007 and 2011 elections by the political class, individuals and various institutions that had the responsibility to conduct elections.

Noting that the report was a follow up to an earlier report presented in 2014 where a list of those indicted was forwarded to the AGF for necessary actions, he said, “With the finalisation of this report, that list has been upgraded and will also be sent to the AGF and state attorneys-general.
“We hope necessary steps will be taken to ensure that these people or institutions indicted are held accountable for their infractions during the 2007 and 2011 elections.”

Angwe stated that holding them accountable would surely curb electoral impunity in the country, stressing that unless steps were taken to deal with electoral impunity, the right to vote and be voted for and related rights would continued to be infringed upon.

Disclosing that the next step was for the commission to begin a holistic look into the 2015 election as well, he said, “The commission will soon commence public hearing to investigate those involved in hate speeches and violence in the 2015 election and even the 1999 elections.”



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