The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has successfully apprehended 14 individuals suspected of participating in the act of vote buying. These arrests took place at Otueke and Adawari playgrounds in Bayelsa State, as well as various polling units in Imo and Kogi States. The operations leading to these arrests were intelligence-driven and conducted several days prior to the ongoing governorship elections in these three states.
Dele Oyewale, the spokesperson for the EFCC, revealed that a total amount of N11,040,000 (Eleven Million, Forty Thousand Naira only) was seized from the suspected vote buyers and sellers. This amount includes N9,310,000 (Nine Million, Three Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira) intercepted in Bayelsa, and N1,730,000 (One Million, Seven Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira) intercepted from electoral fraud suspects in Imo State. In addition, two vehicles were confiscated from the suspects.
Once the investigations are concluded, these individuals will be promptly charged to court.