JUST IN: EFCC Arrest 20 People Over Alleged Vote-buying in Top North Central State
Twenty people have been arrested by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of vote-buying and selling in Kwara state.
Daily Trust reports that the suspected electoral offenders were arrested during the governorship and state House of Assembly elections on Saturday, March 18.
The commission said that the suspects were arrested in Irepodun, Ilorin West and Ilorin South local government areas of Kwara state during the polls.
The acting commander of the Ilorin Zonal office of the EFCC, Michael Nzekwe, who paraded the suspects confirmed that the commission acted on credible intelligence to carry out the operation.
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“Majority of the people arrested were directly involved in vote-buying. We got credible intelligence and we acted on it. Some of the arrests were made in Omu-Aran, Ilorin South and Ilorin West. We were all over the 16 local government areas.
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“We recovered huge amounts of cash and point of sales (POS) machines. We are still investigating the matter. After the investigation, we will strictly follow the provisions of the law."
2023 election: EFCC arrests 73-year-old woman, 2 others with 20 PVCs in Benin
On Sunday, after election day, February 26, the EFCC said it caught an aged woman with two adults in Benin city, the Edo state capital.
EFCC operatives arrested the 73 years old woman and her two accomplices for being in possession of 20 PVCs.
The anti-graft agency noted further that the suspects would be arraigned in court after its investigation.
2023 elections: Immigration, NSCDC officials chase away voters in Abuja
In another development, Legit.ng reported earlier that a group of voters were prevented from entering their polling units inside the premises of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) headquarters in Abuja.
Polling unit 022 Sauka, AMAC, is inside the NIS headquarters, while polling unit 023 is inside the NSCDC headquarters.
On getting to their units, the voters were chased away by the officials on the ground.
''They did not even allow us into their premises even when we told them our polling unit is inside there," one of the voters told Legit.ng.