Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission, Professor Maurice Iwu is to be probed for alleged N30b fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) led by its executives, had approached the court seeking an order of mandamus compelling the EFCC to investigate Iwu.
CNPP in the suit alleged fraud, contract splitting, diversion of public funds and obtaining money by false pretence (419) against the INEC chief.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in a ruling delivered by Justice Adamu Bello, the court granted leave to the applicants to institute the action.
Adamu held that the affidavit in support of the plaintiffs’ application as well as the facts deposed to by the CNPP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, were convincing enough to grant the leave.
The judge relied on a previous decision of the Supreme Court in a suit between Gani Fawehinmi and Ali Akilu and held that the plaintiffs had the locus standi to institute the action.
Adamu ordered the plaintiff’s lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, to put the defendant, the EFCC, on notice. He explained that this was to give EFCC the opportunity to defend itself on why it had not acted on the petition against Iwu.
The judge adjourned the case to March 26 for continuation of hearing.
CNPP led by its Chairman, Alhaji Balarabe Musa and Okechukwu had asked the court to declare as illegal and unconstitutional, the failure of the EFCC to prosecute Iwu “for serious economic and financial crimes.”