- Bye-elections for some federal and state legislative houses are ongoing in 11 states
- In one of the states, Bauchi, an aide to the governor was nabbed by the EFCC for alleged vote-buying
- In the south, three policemen were reported to have drowned on their way to one of the districts in Bayelsa for the election
The special adviser to Governor Bala Mohammed on civil service and labour matters, Abdon Dalla Gin, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged vote-buying.
According to a report on The Nation, the anti-graft agency allegedly found the sum of N1.5 million in Dallas’ car after he cast his votes in the ongoing bye-election in Bauchi state.
He was arrested at his Polling Unit in Dass local government area and handed over to the Divisional Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in the area for questioning.
Reacting to the incident, the chairman of Dass LGA, Hon. Suleiman Mohammed, said Dalla was arrested wrongly. He stated:
“The money is not his own, the money belongs to our party agents, presiding and returning officers.”
Meanwhile, three unnamed policemen reportedly drowned on their way to Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa state.
Daily Trust reports that the speedboat in which they were travelling capsized on the eve of the senatorial bye-election holding across two districts in the state.
The incident was confirmed by police spokesman in Bayelsa state, SP Asinim Butswat. He, however, said the actual number of casualty is not ascertained yet, but promised to give an update as soon as the figure is confirmed.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the police command in Lagos state announced movement restriction in some areas to ensure free and credible polls.
The decision of the police in the state was made public by its spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
According to the statement signed by Adejobi, movement in the following areas in the state will be restricted from 6am to 6pm: Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Kosofe and Somolu.
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