A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that it works closely with security agencies to properly prosecute anyone who is found guilty of committing electoral offense.
Femi Falana stated that few days ago, a federal lawmaker, Chinyere Igwe, was taken to the law court and charged after he was caught with almost $500,000 in Rivers State. However, Femi Falana disclosed that instead of charging Chinyere Igwe to court for voter Inducement, he was charged to court for money laundering.
Femi Falana maintained that in some other instances, people who were arrested for committing electoral crimes are sometimes charged with the wrong offenses and in the end, they stand a chance of being acquitted because of wrong charges.
Femi Falana urged the Nigerian government and security agencies to form the habit of charging suspects to court rightly by ensuring that what they were accused of is the right charge.
Remember that Chinyere Igwe was arrested in the eve of the March 25th election in Rivers State. He had thousands of dollars and the list of persons he was reportedly going to give the money to. It was widely reported that he could have been on his way to induce voters or use the money to influence the outcome of the elections.
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