The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday arraigned a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Maurice Iwu, before the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
DAILY POST had reported Iwu’s arrival to the Federal High Court in Lagos for his arraignment over a four-count charge bordering on money laundering.
EFCC accused Iwu of being involved in the N23.29 billion poll bribery scandal which characterised previous general election and was to be tried for allegedly laundering N1.2billion.
The former INEC Chair however pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge.
Justice Chuka Obiozor ruled that he be remanded in EFCC custody until Friday when his bail application will be heard.
The charges read: “That you Prof Maurice Mmaduakolam Iwu between December 2014 and 27th March, 2015 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court aided the concealment of the total sum of N1,203,000,000.00 in Bioresources Institute of Nigeria (BION) limited’s Account No.1018603119 domiciled in the United Bank For Africa Plc which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of proceeds of unlawful act to wit: fraud and you thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 18 (a), 15 (2) (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3} of the same Act.”
DAILY POST recalls that Iwu, a Nigerian Professor of Pharmacognosy, was appointed Chairman of the INEC in June 2005 and was replaced in April 2010.