A cyber fraud charge has been instituted against two lawyers who allegedly rigged the August 2018 Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) national elections.
The charge was initiated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Specifically, the anti-graft agency pointed accusing fingers at Sarah Omeigha Ajibola, and John Ozovehe Demide of manipulating the election in favour of incumbent NBA President, Paul Usoro (SAN).
In the 14-count charge designated FHC/L/118c/2020, the EFCC particularly alleged that Sarah Omeigha Ajibola, and John Ozovehe Demide, altered 1004 eligible voters’ personal details and cast votes for Usoro by impersonating voters.
The charge which was filed on May 5, 2020, at the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria, and signed by lawyer to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, is yet to be assigned to a judge.
The anti-graft agency through the charge stated that the defendants conspired and knowingly altered “the e-mail and phone numbers of about 1004 eligible voters of the NBA 2018 elections with the intention that such inauthentic data will be acted upon as genuine during the said election.”
Interestingly, the 2020 NBA election comes up on July 24 and 25, 2020.
Counts three and four of the charge reads: “That you, Sarah Omeigha Ajibola and John Ozovehe Demide sometime in August 2018, knowingly altered the email addresses and phone numbers of about 1004 eligible voters of the NBA 2018 National elections and… thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 13 of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015.
“That you, John Ozovehe Demide sometime on the 19th of August 2018, within the Jurisdiction of this court fraudulently used the unique identification features such as Name and Supreme Court Enrolment Number SCN043280 of one Gabriel Abijo Oladipo to vote as the same Gabriel Abijo Oladipo through your Smile modem on IP address 220.127.116.11, to vote with intent of gaining electoral advantage in favour of Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN) who was one of the Presidential Aspirants during the 2018 Nigerian Bar Association elections and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 22(2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015 under the same section.”