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Courtroom arraigns UniUyo Professor over alleged electoral fraud in Akwa Ibom

The State Excessive Courtroom sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday, arraigned one Ignatius Uduk, a professor of Human Kinetics, Division of Bodily Schooling, College of Uyo for allegedly involving in electoral fraud through the 2019 polls.

Professor Uduk, who was a Collation and Returning Officer for the State Home of Meeting election in Essien Udim state constituency over the past basic election, was arraigned on a three-count cost bordering on negligence to obligation and unlawfully producing scores and coming into identical in kind EC 8E(II), asserting and circulating false and faux elections outcomes, Perjury and mendacity on oath.

In response to the court docket, the offences are punishable beneath part122 subsection 1 of the electoral act of 2010 as amended, part 123 subsection four of the electoral act 2010 as amended and part 119, subsection 1 of the prison code legislation, of the legal guidelines of Akwa Ibom State 2000.

The accused throughout listening to, nonetheless, pleaded not responsible to the three-count cost.

In the meantime, the counsel to the accused, Samuel Ndah filed software for bail on behalf of his consumer, however was opposed by the prosecution counsel, Kpoobari Sigalo claiming that the accused has a questionable character.

The INEC Counsel addressing newsmen after the court docket session revealed that the court docket issued a bench warrant in opposition to the accused which had compelled him to seem earlier than the court docket right now and to file software for bail including, “we filed our counter affidavit in opposition to the bail as we noticed in Courtroom that the matter has been adjourned to 14 December for ruling on that very software.”

“The character of the accused particular person really prompted us to object his software for bail. This isn’t the primary matter we’re prosecuting. The opposite one we didn’t oppose to the bail software as a result of the accused particular person on his personal volition got here to court docket,” he famous.

Sigalo maintained that the accused had after the election mentioned he didn’t declare anyone as a winner, just for him to seem on the election tribunal to say the opposite including that he (accused) had failed in a number of makes an attempt to seem earlier than the fee to debrief it of what occurred however had resorted to writing a menace letter to sue the fee if it invitations him once more for questioning.

The presiding Choose, Justice Archibong Archibong adjourned the matter until December 14, 2020 for ruling on the bail software.