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Absence of legal officer stops prosecution of electoral offenders

By IWPR Nigeria






The absence of an Independent National Electoral Commission’s legal officer to take over the prosecution of electoral offenders in the last general elections has prevented the hearing of a two-count charge brought against a youth corps member and two others.

The accused are twenty-six-year-old Miss Bolanle Adebayo, Olayiwola Sodipe of the same age, and thirty-one-year-old Taiwo Olalekan.

They are to appear for trial at the Ibadan Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Iyaganku, in the south west state of Oyo, for allegedly thumb-printing five ballot papers for a political party, while serving as ad-hoc electoral officers.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Timothy Matthew, who confirmed the charge, said hearing in the case had been adjourned till July 15.