Polls Scam: NHRC recommends ex-Gov Uduaghan, Iwu, others for trial


downloadNational Human Rights Commission on Thursday recommended prominent politicians including former Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan; and a former Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Prof. Maurice Iwu, among others for trial over alleged involvement in electoral fraud between 2007 and 2011.

The human rights body which urged the Attorney General of the Federation to review its report and act accordingly also recommended some senior lawyers to the Nigerian Bar Association for sanction over their alleged complicity in the electoral fraud.

The NHRC made the recommendation in a report it released at its headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.

Some institutions including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) were also indicted.

In a comprehensive list released by NHRC, it specifically stated that the affected individuals and institutions were among those indicted by the election petitions tribunals and appellate judicial bodies which sat on cases that arose from the 2007 and 2011 election cycles.

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On the list were former Governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, a former Acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Obafemi, and the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in the 2015 election in Benue State, Mr. Terhemen Tarzoor.

A former Kebi South Sentor, Maj.-Gen. Tanko Ayuba (retd), and Ekiti North Senator, Ayo Arise, both of who were elected to the Nigerian Senate in 2007, as well as former Ondo South Senator, Hosea Ehinlanwo, who was first elected to the Senate and re-elected in 2007, were also on the list.

Also on the list were the INEC and many of its officials, the PDP, the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, and the All Nigerian Peoples Party.

The NHRC recommended some of the individuals to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, for criminal prosecution.

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Some others, including government institutions, political parties, lawyers were recommended to relevant government agencies for administrative and professional sanctions.

The report was titled Phase 1 of the Final Report of ‘An Independent Review of Evidence of Gross Violations of the Rights to Participate in Government, to Public Service, and to Fair Trial Through the Election Petition Process in Nigeria 2007.

Responding to the report, Uduaghan said the NHRC did not study the case properly before making its recommendation.