The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has seized N32.4 million in Lagos suspected of being used for vote buying.
On Friday, the EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, stated that operatives from the commission’s Lagos Zonal Command took the suspect involved into custody for further questioning.
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In its statement, the commission did not name the suspect.
The commission stated that it would deploy some of its personnel across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Abuja to combat vote-buying.
According to reports on Friday, police in Rivers State arrested a House of Representatives member with $498,100 and a distribution list.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) massive operation to deter vote trading and other financial malfeasance ahead of tomorrow’s presidential and national assembly elections may have begun to pay dividends with the seizure in Lagos of N32,400,000 (Thirty-two Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira) allegedly suspected of being used for vote buying in Lagos.
The recovery was made by operatives from the Commission’s Lagos Zonal Command.
The suspect has been arrested and will be questioned further.
Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of the Commission, has urged all Commission personnel deployed for election monitoring duties to show courage and not allow unscrupulous individuals to undermine the integrity of the elections through financial inducement.
A tactical team of operatives is currently on the ground in all federation states and the FCT. Telephone hotlines have already been distributed via social media for members of the public to share information about financial malpractices with Commission agents. The number is available on the EFCC’s social media platforms.
Members of the public are encouraged to report anyone attempting to buy or sell votes using the EFCC financial crimes reporting app, Eagle Eye, which can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple stores. They can also contact the Commission via social media, @officialefcc, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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