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General News of Saturday, 18 March 2023


20 nabbed by EFCC for vote-buying

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Twenty persons have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged involvement in vote-buying in Kwara State.

The suspects were arrested during the Governorship and House of Assembly elections currently underway in 28 states across the country.

Confirming the arrest, Acting Commander, Ilorin Zonal Office, Michael Nzekwe, said: "Majority of the people arrested were directly involved in vote-buying.

“Our mandate at the commission is to ensure that money influence in politics is totally eradicated.

“We got credible intelligence and we acted on the intelligence.

“Some of the arrests were made in Omu-Aran, Ilorin South and Ilorin West.

“We were all over the 16 local government areas.

Fifty-four persons have so far been apprehended over vote-buying across the country, as per a report by the EFCC.

Vote buying is considered a violation of the electoral process.