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INEC To Prosecute Yahaya Bello For Double Registration

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said the case of double registration against the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has not been abandoned.

The commission explained that it cannot prosecute the governor who is still in office, as he shielded by immunity clause, which protects him against any form of prosecution.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Voters Education and Information Committee, Festus Okoye made this known in Abuja.

Three INEC workers were indicted in the governor’s double registration. At the end of the investigations, two of the officials were dismissed while an Assistant Director was suspended.

The Commissioner noted that the case will be revisited when the governor his out of office.

“The case of double registration against the Kogi State governor has not been abandoned, but there is nothing the commission can do now because he is still under immunity.

“But by the time the immunity expires, the commission will meet and take a decision on the next line of action.

“We started with our workers 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.

“There are various stages involved. You have to investigate, prosecute and convict or acquit. You cannot just conclude that one is guilty or innocent without exhausting the entire process. So, when we get to that bridge, we will cross it,” he said.

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