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EFCC Arrests 65 Suspects over Alleged Voter Inducement

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The Financial and Monetary Crimes Commissiom (EFCC) Saturday arrested 65 individuals in 28 states over alleged voter inducement through the governorship and Homes of Meeting elections.

That is contained in an announcement issued by its spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujiaren. 

Uwujiaren said that 20 of the suspects have been arrested in Kwara, whereas 13 suspects have been arrested in Kaduna State.

He added that 12 suspects have been arrested in Rivers; 4 suspects every have been arrested in Akwa Ibom and Cross River, whereas others have been arrested in Gombe, Sokoto, Kebbi and Niger States.

“These arrested in Kaduna State have been 10 males and three females. They have been apprehended by EFCC operatives both engaged on intelligence experiences or have been chanced upon throughout monitoring.

“A suspect allegedly concerned in vote shopping for was nabbed at Faculty Street, Unguwan Rimi in Kaduna. The suspect, who initially resisted arrest, is nevertheless in custody pending the conclusion of investigation.

“Additionally in Kaduna, a staff arrested a suspect with voter coupons, which he confessed could be used to hint and pay those that voted for his celebration,’’ Uwujiaren said.

He added that the EFCC staff monitoring voting round Native Schooling Authority Faculty, Kabala Doki in Kaduna additionally arrested two suspects for vote shopping for.

The EFCC spokesperson famous that upon arrest, N67,500, an inventory containing names of voters, their PVC numbers and financial institution accounts particulars have been recovered from the suspects.

He said additionally that investigation confirmed that the key modus operandi of the suspects was to offer money, switch cash, coupons or ship recharge playing cards to eligible voters to induce them.

Uwujiaren mentioned a search of their individuals and telephones confirmed that almost all of them had transferred cash into financial institution accounts of some voters on the lists recovered from them.

“A few of the objects recovered from the suspects have been voter playing cards, monies, lists containing names and accounts particulars of voters and phone recharge playing cards,’’ he careworn. (NAN)

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