A total of 14 suspected vote-buyers were arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) during the off-cycle governorship elections in Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa states.
The EFCC also intercepted N11m cash during the polls in Bayelsa and Imo States.
The anti-graft agency stated this in a statement.
“Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 14 (Fourteen) suspected vote buyers in Otueke, Adawari playgrounds in Bayelsa State and at various polling units in Imo and Kogi States,” the anti-corruption agency said in the statement.
“They were arrested on Saturday, November 11, 2023, in intelligence-driven operations that commenced several days before the ongoing governorship elections in the three states.
“Also, a total sum of N11,040,000 (Eleven Million, Forty Thousand Naira only) comprising N9,310,000 (Nine Million, Three Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira) intercepted from suspected vote buyers and sellers in Bayelsa and N1,730,000 (One Million, Seven Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira) intercepted from electoral fraud suspects across Imo State, were also recovered from them,” it added.
“Also, two vehicles were intercepted from the suspects. They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”
A few days ago, the EFCC had said it would clamp down on vote-buying and related crimes in the off-season elections.
“The Commission’s monitoring operations are to tackle any form of voter’s inducement through vote buying, vote selling, and other manipulation of the electoral processes at variance with the Electoral Act,” INEC said.