A bold step towards sanitising the electoral process was taken yesterday, with the indictment of 66 individuals and organisations allegedly involved in poll crimes in 2007 and 2011.
They were said to have been involved in either criminal offences or administrative, judicial and professional misconduct.
Among them are former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman Prof. Maurice Iwu, former governors Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Oserheimen Osunbor (Edo), Clarence Olafemi (Kogi), former Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Prof. C. E. Onukogu, Senator Hosea Ehinlanwo (Ondo), Senator Ayo Arise (Ekiti), Mukhtari Shehu Shagari and Chief Adefemi Kila.
At the presentation of a 284-page report on the 2007 and 2011 elections in Abuja yesterday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) urged the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Inspector-General of Police, INEC and other relevant institutions to punish those indicted.
The report released under NHRC’s “Electoral Accountability Project/End Electoral Impunity Project” recommended prosecution and disciplinary measures for them.