By Ayobami Olopade
For allegedly engaging in electoral misconduct during the November 16 governorship election in Anambra state, an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Chukwujekwu Okeke, was charged before a Magistrates’ Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.
On Monday, however, the court granted bail to the 54-year old who served as the Electoral Officer for Idemili North Local Government Area during the election.
He was arraigned on November 25 by the police on a one count charge of dereliction of duty contrary to Section 123 (1) (2) and (3) of the Electoral Act, 2010.
Granting the bail to the accused despite opposition by the prosecution lawyer, Stanley Nwodo, Chief Magistrate Usman Shuaibu ordered that Okeke should be freed on bail at N3million with one surety at the same amount, whom the court said, must be a level 15 civil servant, resident in Abuja. Another condition for the bail is that Okeke would have to report at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), where his case is being investigated, on every work day between 10am and 2pm. This, he would do continously until the completion of police investigations into the matter while the court fixed January 8, 2014 for further hearing.