- The Nigeria Police Force is also working with the INEC to ensure the 2023 general elections is free, fair and credible
- This is as the Force arrested two persons over illegal possession of 468 PVCs in Kano states and Sokoto state
- Meanwhile, INEC commissioner who also confirmed the development noted that the man was caught with 367 PVCs and is currently being charged in court
A report by The Punch indicates that the police have arrested two persons in possession of 468 Permanent Voter Cards.
This was made known in a statement signed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, on Sunday, November 27.
Their identities revealed, judgement passed
According to the statement, the offenders who were identified simply as ; Nasiru Idris, was found with 101 PVCs in Sokoto State, and the other person, (name not mentioned) was caught with 367 PVCs in Kano state.
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Okoye stated that their offence was in contravention of Sections 117 and 145 of the Electoral Act 2022, Channels TV added.
The statement added that the offenders were currently receiving their due punishment.
The statement read,
“In the last couple of weeks, the Nigeria Police has arrested some individuals found to be in illegal possession of voter cards in some States of the Federation.
“The Commission wishes to reiterate that it will continue to pursue all violators of the Electoral Act and ensure their diligent prosecution.”
Giving an update on the PVC collection, Okoye stated that INEC is determined to make the process as seamless as possible.
IGP reveals governors sponsoring violence against opponents in their states
Usman Alkali-Baba, the inspector general of police has alleged that some governors were responsible for thugs who disrupt political activities and rallies of opponents in their states.
The police boss said this on Thursday, November 17, while speaking with political parties, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and political parties and other stakeholders in the 2023 election.
However, Alkali-Baba did not mention the names of the governors while revealing that about 52 political violence cases have so far been recorded since the start of the 2023 presidential election campaign.
2023 election: Police arrest man with 101 PVCs in top northern state
In a related development, police authorities in Sokoto state said it has arrested a young man named Nasiru Idris with 101 permanent voter cards (PVCs).
Idris, a resident of the Sabon Birni Local Government met his waterloo following credible information gotten by the Force.
The police urged residents of the area whose cards were either missing or stolen to come to the command headquarters and ascertain if theirs is among the PVCs recovered from the suspect.