NBA ELECTIONS INVESTIGATION: CHAMS REPLIES EFCC
CHAMS Plc, the ICT Partner for the recently concluded Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Elections, has responded to the query issued to it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the controversial elections.
The EFCC had in a letter dated September 10, 2018 demanded a certified copy of the “list of all eligible voters” deployed for the election, saying it was “investigating a case of conspiracy and cyber crime” in relation to the elections.
Asked whether CHAMS had replied the EFCC on the requested information, a top official of the ICT company answered affirmatively. “We have,” he told CITY LAWYER. He however declined to give details.
Other information demanded by the anti-graft agency are the names, phone numbers, email addresses, branches and voter identity profiles of those who participated in the elections.
Though the Prof. Auwalu Yadudu-led Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA) had declared Mr. Paul Usoro SAN as duly elected, his rivals, Chief Arthur Obi Okafor SAN and Prof. Ernest Ojukwu SAN both claimed that the election was rigged.
Okafor has also dragged the NBA to an FCT Abuja High Court, praying among others for “An order of the Honourable Court appointing either Price Waterhouse Coopers of Lanmark House & Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Lagos State, or Akintola Williams & Deloitte of Ikorodu Road Obanikoro, Lagos State, being internationally acclaimed forensic audit firms respectively to conduct a verification of votes or audit the electoral process leading to the results declared by the 3rd Defendant (ECNBA)” Former NBA President, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud SAN had told NBA members that he had instead appointed KPMG to conduct an audit on the election.
The full text of the EFCC letter reads:
ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION
10th September, 2018.
The Managing Director.
No. 8. Louis Solomon Street. Ahmadu Bello Way.
RE: 2018 NIGERIA BAR ASSOCIATION ELECTIONS
This Commission is investigating a case of Conspiracy and Cyber Crime in respect of the above mentioned election featured.
2. In view of the above, you are requested to avail us with Certified True Copy of the list of all eligible Voters to include but not limited to Name(s). Phone Number(s). Email Address(es). Branch(es). and Voters ID.
3. Any other information that may assist the Commission in its investigation.
4. This request is made pursuant to Section 38 (1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act. 2004 and Section 21 of Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act. 2011. as amended.
5. Thank you for your usual cooperation, please.
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