- No fewer than 24 suspects have been arrested by the EFCC for internet fraud and one other for vote buying in Kwara
- Most of those arrested are vibrant, young and energetic youths, aged between 18 and 25
- Two corps members, some students of University of Ilorin and others from the Kwara Polytechnic, are among those arrested
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ilorin has arrested 24 suspects for internet fraud and one other for vote buying in Kwara.
Isyaku Sharu, zonal head of EFCC, Ilorin, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in his office, said that most of those arrested ”were vibrant, young and energetic youths, aged between 18 and 25.
Sharu said: “Among those arrested are two corps members, some students of University of Ilorin and others from the Kwara Polytechnic, including their girlfriends.
“15 of them have been taken to court, while the remaining 10 girls are still under investigation, until we find something against them.”
Sharu said before the presidential, National Assembly, governorship and state assembles elections, the commission embarked on an enlightenment programme on both the local media, English and Yoruba media warning citizens against vote buying
”We informed them that vote buying was a criminal offence as structured in the Electoral procedure act
“We published our numbers for people to call, and during the last Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections, we got calls and we were able to arrest one person for vote buying and we will soon charge him to court," he said.
Sharu said the commission, in collaboration with the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), also arrested a fake Customs controller, who swindled members of the public, issuing them forms for employment and collecting huge sums of money.
According to him, “Unsuspected citizens were given forms for employment into the NCS by the suspect, who collected up to N500,000. He has since been charged to court.”
He said the EFCC will collaborate with stakeholders in the state, like the security agents, law enforcement, traditional institution, Corps members and students against economic and financial crimes in the state.
Legit.ng previously reported that the EFCC arrested two party agents with a whopping sum of N1.5m in cash which was prepared for vote buying at polling units.
The EFCC, which announced the arrests on Saturday, March 9, said the agents were picked up by operatives of its Maiduguri zonal office.
The arrested agents included one Abba Ali Abbari, who was hired to distribute some money to people from Auno, Dalwa, Jakana in Konduga local government area of Borno state.
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