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EFCC intercepts N32.4m ‘vote-buying’ money in Lagos

EFCC intercepts N32.24 million suspected to be for vote buying in Lagos ahead of Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Friday said it has intercepted the sum of N32.24 million suspected to be for vote buying in Lagos ahead of Saturday’s presidential and national assembly polls.

The interception of the money was announced in a statement by Wilson Uwajaren, the spokesperson for EFCC.

The anti-graft agency said in the statement that one suspect was arrested over the money was seized by operatives of its Lagos Command.

EFCC said the suspect involved has been taken into custody for further questioning.

The statement further quoted Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman of EFCC as encouraging voters to report incidents of vote buying and other misdemeanors during the election to the anti-graft agency through its various platforms established for the purpose.

See full statement by the EFCC below

EFCC Intercepts N32.4m Allegedly Meant for Vote-buying in Lagos

The massive operation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to deter vote trading and other financial malfeasance ahead of tomorrow’s presidential and national assembly elections may have begun paying dividends with the interception in Lagos of the sum of N32, 400,000 (Thirty-two Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira) allegedly suspected to be used for vote buying in Lagos. The recovery was made by operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the Commission.

The suspect involved has been taken into custody for further questioning

The Chairman of the Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa has implored all personnel of the Commission deployed for election monitoring duties to show courage and not give room for unscrupulous persons to undermine the integrity of the elections through financial inducement.

Tactical team of operatives are currently on ground in all the states of the federation and the FCT. Telephone hotlines have already been circulated through social media for members of the public to share information regarding financial malpractices with agents of the Commission. Details of the number are available on EFCC social media platforms.

Members of the public are encouraged to report anyone trying to buy or sell votes by making use of the EFCC financial crimes reporting App, Eagle Eye, which is available for download on the Google Play or Apple store. They can also reach the Commission through our social media handle, @officialefcc or by email, info@efcc.gov.ng.

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