The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pledged to cooperate with the special joint investigative panel set up by the Inspector General of Police on the violence that almost marred re-run election in Rivers State.
At a meeting with members of the panel, the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said the Commission had also set up an administrative panel to review the re-run election.
The chairman recalled past collaboration with the police that led to the prosecution of 40 electoral offenders.
The chairman of the special investigative panel, Dan Okoro, told reporters that the work of the panel was going smoothly.
INEC To Prosecute Corrupt Officials
Earlier, INEC had said it would not hesitate to prosecute any of its staff guilty of corrupt practices.
INEC said it was studying an investigative report submitted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that some officials collected money from politicians during elections.
The Commission’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Wole Osaze-Uzzi, told Channels Television that indicted staff might face criminal prosecution while others would face disciplinary action.
The management of Cosmilla Hotel in Lagos, where the late Miss Cynthia Udoka Osokogu was murdered by some men she met on Facebook, has sacked all the staff of the hotel that were on duty, the day of the murder.
The hotel, which is located at Lake View Estate, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos State, is said to have a tradition of ‘proper screening’ of its guests at the point of checking-in, by demanding valid identification of prospective guests.
The front-desk officer was said to have breached the established procedure, paving way for difficulty in identifying the body of the deceased as her attackers had taken away all items that could assist in identifying her.
The hotel rules demand that guests must present their ID cards or passport before given a room in the hotel.
The fake identities of the suspects had made it difficult for the police at Area ‘F’ Command to quickly solve the murder riddle.
Although only two of the suspects were paraded before journalists at the Lagos State Police Command, two others, Orji Osita and Maduako Chukwunonso, who were the pharmacists that sold the drug, used to sedate the late Cynthia, were on Monday, arraigned before the Yaba Magistrates’ Court with the main suspects.
The case is adjourned to the 3rd of October.
The Delta State-born victim who met her untimely death is set to be buried September 7.