INEC promises to prosecute Yahaya Bello after 2023 for alleged double registration

INEC promises to prosecute Yahaya Bello after 2023 for alleged double registration

- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, may be prosecuted for alleged double registration

- INEC says it is hindered by the fact that Bello is still the sitting governor and has immunity

- Two staff of INEC were earlier dismissed as they were found guilty following alleged links with the case

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state may be made to face criminal prosecution for alleged double registration once he completes his second term in 2023, according to reports.

The Nation quotes Festus Okoye, the national commissioner in charge of voters education and information committee at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as speaking on the issue.

Okoye said the issue of double registration against Bello had not been swept away but that INEC cannot act since he has immunity.

Speaking on Monday, January 6, the commission said it would take a decision once the governor ends his term.

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INEC promises to prosecute Yahaya Bello after 2023 for alleged double registration
Governor Yahaya Bello may face prosecution at the end of his second term.
Source: UGC

"By the time the immunity expires, the commission will meet and take a decision on the next line of action," Okoye said.

INEC had investigated three of its staff over the case. Indicted, two of the staff were dismissed.

Okoye said: “We started with our staff who were implicated in the double registration first while we have to wait until the governor ceases to enjoy immunity, which protects him against prosecution." reports that during the electioneering in Kogi state, the chairman of the INEC, Yakubu Mahmood, explained that the commission cannot disqualify Bello over the allegations of double registration.

Mahmood, while addressing journalists in Abuja, said double registration is not an offence under the electoral act.

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