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Attahiru Jega, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Chairman has said that only security agencies can investigate any party, person or company that violates any part of the country’s Electoral Act. He further expressed that the commission which have the power to prosecute violators of the Act must have concrete evidence before prosecutions.
Based on recent enquiry by PUNCH on whether the commission would investigate and prosecute the PDP over N21.27bn to support President GEJ 2015 election, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity said, “Before you prosecute, won’t you investigate? Before you prosecute somebody, the person has to be investigated. If a person shoots another man on the street, the police cannot just charge him to court. They will have to follow a process. “Don’t forget that INEC has no powers to investigate. But it has powers to prosecute. It is the security agencies that investigate. We don’t have investigative powers; but we have prosecutorial powers. If they have investigated and found out that somebody was wrong, we will prosecute that person. “It is after investigation that we can prosecute. And there must be an evidence that a crime has been committed.”
When asked if the commission had contacted any of the security agencies over the issue, he replied: “I can’t say yes or no as of now.”