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EFCC arrests 19 persons for vote-buying in Kwara

The suspects were directly involved in vote-buying. We got credible intelligence, and we acted on that intelligence.

• March 18, 2023
EFCC at a polling unit
EFCC at a polling unit used to illustrate the story [Photo Credit; Punch Newspaper]

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Saturday, in Ilorin, paraded 19 suspected vote buyers arrested during the state’s governorship and House of Assembly elections.

The acting zonal head of EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office, Michael Nzekwe, said the commission’s mandate was to ensure that money’s influence in politics was totally cut out and eradicated.

“The suspects were directly involved in vote-buying. We got credible intelligence, and we acted on that intelligence.

”Some were arrested in Omu-Aran, Ilorin South and Ilorin West; we were all over the state,” Mr Nzekwe said.

He added that the investigation would commence immediately, and provisions of the law would be followed afterwards.

”Though they were picked in different locations across the state with money and Point of Sales (PoS) machines found in their possession, we will carry out further investigation.

”We are an agency set up by law, and we will strictly go with the provisions of the law after we have concluded the investigation,” the acting zonal head said.


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