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Alleged N360m Wike’s bribe: 14 policemen to testify against 23 INEC officials

The trial of 23 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, accused of receiving N360m bribe from Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in connection with the December 10, 2016 rerun elections in the state, will commence this week, The PUNCH has learnt.

The prosecution has also lined up 14 policemen, whom it refers to as potential witnesses against the INEC officials.

Our correspondent confirmed on Sunday that the defendants would be arraigned before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.

“The court served the hearing notice on the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation sometime last week. The notice indicated that the arraignment would take place on Tuesday, March 14,” a source familiar with the case said.

Responding to a question on whether the defendants had been served with the charges, the source said, “Immediately the charges were filed last week, more than enough copies that would go round the 23 defendants were sent to the police.

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