Adamawa civil coup: Police establish prima facie against Hudu Yunusa, as INEC set to commence trial against him next week.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced its intention to prosecute the suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Adamawa State following his alleged involvement in an aborted civilian coup in Adamawa. The REC, Hudu Yunusa Ari, was suspended pending the outcome of investigations into his alleged misconduct.

The incident came to light when security agencies intercepted a series of suspicious communications involving the suspended REC and some political actors. These communications hinted at a plot to subvert the democratic process by manipulating election results and orchestrating a coup against Governor Fintiri of Adamawa State. The gravity of the situation prompted former Nigerian President, Muhammdu Buhari to take immediate action, suspending the REC and launching a thorough investigation.

INEC’s decision to prosecute the suspended REC demonstrates its commitment to upholding the integrity of the electoral process and ensuring the impartiality of its officials. The electoral body has a crucial responsibility for overseeing free, fair, and transparent elections, and any attempt to undermine this mandate is taken very seriously. Festus Okoye, INEC commissioner for voter education, said

By initiating legal proceedings against the suspended REC, INEC sends a strong message that electoral malpractice and attempts to subvert democracy will not be tolerated. It serves as a deterrent to others who may be contemplating similar actions, reaffirming the principle that electoral officials must act with the utmost professionalism, honesty, and loyalty to the democratic process.

The prosecution process will involve gathering evidence, presenting the case before a court of law, and allowing for a fair and impartial trial. If found guilty, the suspended REC could face severe penalties, including imprisonment, to serve as a deterrent to others who may consider compromising the integrity of the electoral system.

INEC’s commitment to ensuring the credibility of elections in Nigeria is commendable. The prosecution of the suspended REC will serve as a reminder that those entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing elections must operate within the bounds of the law and maintain the highest ethical standards. Upholding the democratic process is of paramount importance for the stability and progress of the nation.

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