EFCC Compelled Me To Admit Taking N30m From Diezani - INEC Official
Christian Nwosu, an ex-Administrative Secretary with the Independent National Electoral Commission, is not planing to go down without a fight.
He has been accused of collecting N30 million from former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to compromise the 2015 general elections.
But Nwosu, who is being prosecuted before the Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged bribery, claimed that the three confessional statements he made to the EFCC on December 28, 2016 and March 15 and 22, 2017 were not done voluntarily.
He claimed to have been threatened and cajoled.
He, however, admitted that he signed for and collected N30m from Fidelity Bank.
Nwosu stated this on Thursday while being led in evidence by his lawyer, Victor Opara, during a trial-within-trial ordered by Justice Mohammed Idris to test the voluntariness of three confessional statements he made to the EFCC.
The EFCC accused him of conspiring with two other INEC officials to take a total bribe of N264.88m from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to compromise the election.
He had earlier pleaded guilty to the charges and opted for a plea bargain, after which the EFCC told the court that it had already recovered N5m cash and a landed property worth N25m from him.
But Nwosu later abandoned the plea bargain after Justice Idris rejected the N500,000 fine proposed for him as punishment by the EFCC.
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