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NBA 2018 Elections Court Orders Remand Of Two Lawyers Over Allegations Of Rigging

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the remand of two attorneys, Sarah Ajibola and John Demide, following their arraignment for allegedly rigging the August 2018 Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) nationwide elections.

Justice Chuka Obiozor ordered their remand within the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The duo are to stay with the anti-graft company for seven days with a view to fulfill their bail phrases, failing which they are going to be transferred to the custody of Nigerian Correctional Services.

In the 14 depend cost earlier than the courtroom, the EFCC claimed that Ajibola, and Demide manipulated the election in favour of Mr Paul Usoro SAN, who was elected because the twenty ninth President of the NBA in 2018.

Mr Usoro polled 4,509 votes to defeat his different contenders, Obi Okafor and Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, who bought 4,423 and three,313 votes within the elections.

One of the candidates, Prof. Ojukwu, condemned the election saying it was characterised by fraud.

On May fifth, the EFCC filed the cost in opposition to the defendants.

The EFCC counsel, Bilikisu Buhari Bala, instructed the courtroom that the defendants dedicated the offences in August, 2018.

The counsel additionally alleged that they conspired and altered private particulars together with e-mail addresses and cellphone numbers of about 1004 eligible voters for the elections, with the intention that such inauthentic knowledge can be acted upon as real throughout the stated election.

Some of the voters’ names allegedly falsified had been: Gabriel Abijo Oladipo with Supreme Court of Nigeria (SCN) No. 043280; Uthman Adeleye Oluwaseun with SCN No. 088449; David Anakor SCN No. 015233; Chiagoziem Bethel Aninilu, SCN No. 114439 and Bankole Isaac Toyin with SCN no. 024643.

The two attorneys had been alleged to have used a smoke mannequin on IP handle 169.159.65.190 to commit the electoral fraud.

The offences, in accordance with the prosecutor, contravened and had been punishable below sections 27(1)(b), 13, 22(2), 22(3) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention and so forth.) Act, 2015.

Ajibola and Demide pleaded not responsible.

Their counsel, N. E. Ogeibe and Deborah Ogundele, requested the courtroom to confess them to bail “in the most liberal terms.”

They instructed the courtroom that Ajibola was a senior lawyer of over 15 years, and would neither bounce bail nor tamper with proof for the cost.

In a bench ruling, Justice Obiozor admitted every defendant to bail within the sum of N500,000 with one surety every.

The choose then adjourned until April 14, 2021 for trial.

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