- The EFCC has vowed to intensify the agency's fight against vote-buying
- The acting chairman of the anti-graft agency, Ibrahim Magu, said anybody found caught buying votes will be arrested, investigated and prosecuted
- According to the commission, vote buying and selling is a serious criminal offence
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has again expressed the resolve to intensify efforts in ensuring that the war against vote-buying remained sustained.
Magu made the pledge on March 5, 2019 during a visit to the EFCC Ilorin zonal office, by a group of foreign observers from the European Union.
Speaking through the zonal head, Isyaku Sharu, he noted that the EFCC had also taken its campaign against vote buying and selling, to the marketplaces, Bureaux de Change operators, and the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“Vote-buying and selling is a serious criminal offence, and anybody found wanting would be arrested, investigated and prosecuted,” he said, stressing that the commission remained committed to eradicating electoral malpractice.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Mashu Poulsen, long term observer, European Union Election Observation Mission in Nigeria, commended the EFCC for its roles in fighting vote buying and selling in the country.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the EFCC has partnered with security agencies in its quest to prevent the menace of vote-buying in the governorship and state House of Assembly elections coming up on Saturday, March 3.
Legit.ng gathered that the Ibadan zonal office of the commission made this known on Tuesday, March 5.
The Ibadan zonal head of the commission, Friday Ebelo, said this was the outcome of the courtesy visit made to the agencies in Ibadan on Tuesday, March 5.
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