Iwu: My EFCC ordeal started during presidential election

A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Maurice Iwu, has said his ordeal with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission started on February 23 during the presidential election.

Iwu said the operatives of the anti-graft agency prevented him from voting that day by seizing his passport.

The ex-INEC boss who made the claims in a statement he personally signed on Thursday said he hoped to triumph at the end of his prosecution.

He urged Nigerians to be patient, saying the trial would give him the opportunity to tell his side of the story.

Speaking on the allegations levelled against him, he said, “It is noteworthy that none of the charges against me has to do with my tenure as Chairman of INEC.

“And to the scientific community, please be assured that this would not negatively affect the several ongoing work by Bioresources Institute of Nigeria (BION) in contributing to the discovery and development of phytomedicines for tropical and emergent diseases, and the use of our world-class research facility for the standardisation of African Medicinal Plants,” he added.

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