…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
Former Kaduna Central lawmaker, Shehu Sani, has brought attention to a recent development concerning the release of individuals arrested for election-related offenses after the 2023 general elections.
Taking to Twitter, Sani expressed his dismay, pointing out that all 781 election offenders who were reportedly arrested nationwide have now been released.
His statement came amidst the ongoing controversy surrounding Mmesoma Ejikeme, an Anambra State teenager accused of manipulating her 2023 UTME results.
INEC Partners with NBA for Prosecution of Electoral Offenders
In a separate development, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced its collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to prosecute electoral offenders from the 2023 general elections.
During a meeting with state Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu revealed that the NBA has offered the services of 427 lawyers to prosecute 215 individuals who were presented to the commission by the Nigerian police for various electoral infractions.
INEC’s Review and Preparations for Off-Season Elections
As part of its post-election activities, INEC is undertaking a comprehensive review of its activities during the 2023 general elections.
The review period, scheduled from July 4 to August 5, includes a meeting with the RECs, where discussions regarding the suspended Adamawa REC, Yunusa Ari, and appropriate actions against him are expected to take place.
Additionally, preparations for off-season governorship elections in Kogi and Imo, slated for November this year, will be discussed.
Shehu Sani’s claim about the release of electoral offenders has raised concerns about accountability and justice in the aftermath of the 2023 general elections.
However, the partnership between INEC and the NBA to prosecute electoral offenders demonstrates a proactive approach to ensuring legal consequences for electoral misconduct.
As INEC conducts its review and prepares for upcoming off-season elections, the focus remains on strengthening the electoral process and maintaining the integrity of future elections in Nigeria.
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