Justice Hilary Oshomah of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has ordered the remand of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s 23 employees accused of receiving N360m bribe from the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, in connection with the December 10, 2016 national and state assembly re-run in the state.
The judge on Friday ordered the defendants to be remanded in the Port Harcourt prison after the Federal Government arraigned them on amended 10 counts of money laundering.
Justice Oshomah had granted bail to each of them in the sum of N10m with two sureties in like sum but ordered that they be remanded in prison pending when they would meet the conditions.
It was learnt that the defendants were still in custody as of Sunday.
The defendants remanded by the court included, Shittu Mohammed Lamido (Shettima), Henry Owokure, Peter Ewetade, Mrs. Mary Jummai Tunkoyo Pennap, Gwatana Jibril, Ivase Stephen and Abdullahi Ogabo.