Elections: ICPC Arrests Vote-buyers In 4 States

Elections: ICPC Arrests Vote-buyers In 4 States | Daily Report Nigeria

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has confirmed the arrest of nine vote-buying in Osun, Ondo, Borno, Akwa-Ibom, and Sokoto states during Saturday, February 25 elections

Azuka Ogugua, the spokesperson for the commission revealed this in a Saturday night statement obtained by newsmen.

Osun State office of the ICPC arrested four vote buyers, Two persons were arrested by the Sokoto State office, while one person each was arrested by the Ondo, Akwa-Ibom, and Borno states offices of the anti-graft agency.

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Ogugua said:

The four vote-buyers arrested in Osun State are Adewale Teslim, 32 years, Yemi Adebiyi, 42 years, Shake Idris, 36 years, and Emiola Oluwole, 69 years. The suspects, who are in the Osun state office’s custody, were found with documents containing lists of names, phone numbers, and account details of voters during the election in the state.

“Operatives of the commission retrieved a list of names and phone numbers of voters from Adewale Teslim at Polling Unit 07, Ward 07, Ile Aganna in Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun state.

“The officers also recovered a list of people who had voted with their phone numbers and account details from Yemi Adebiyi at Polling Unit 06, Ward 04 at Ikirun Junction, Ikirun while Shake Idris was arrested at Polling Unit 6, Ward 10, Ofatedo area of Osun State with a notebook containing over 100 names and account numbers.”
The Ondo State Office of the ICPC arrested one Mrs. Idowu-Yemi Omolere at Polling Unit 12, Ward 12 behind Dada Estate Police State in connection with the distribution of recharge cards to voters.

“The ICPC personnel recovered 24 pieces of N500 recharge cards, a list of voters and their phone numbers as well as a techno phone.

“The Borno State Office of the ICPC arrested one Garba Bahausa at the Bulunkutu Ward in possession of four PVCs and the sum of Forty-Nine Thousand Naira (N49,000). The suspect distributed the money, food items and 20 wrappers.

“In the course of his interrogation, Bahausa confessed that the money was given to him by a lawmaker to distribute to voters.

“The Akwa Ibom State Office of the ICPC arrested a woman, Mrs Idara Umoren, for collating the names and account details of voters suspected to have voted for her preferred candidate.

“Umoren was arrested at the Signature Hotel Polling Unit on Plot 48G Line, Ewet Housing Estate, Akwa Ibom.

“In Sokoto State, ICPC operatives arrested two persons – Hassan Muhammad and Nafisa Sani – for vote buying at the Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto.

“Hassan Muhammad was caught in possession of signed tickets which were given to voters that voted for his party. The ticket enabled the voters to be given women wrappers and bags of rice. Nafisa Sani was intercepted while giving wrappers to voters at a polling unit in Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto.”

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