Admin l Friday, February 24, 2023
LAGOS, Nigeria – Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have intercepted the sum of N32.4 million suspected to be meant for vote buying in Lagos state.
The money mainly in the new N1000 denomination mopped up from the money injected into the system by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The massive operation by the EFCC to deter vote trading and other financial malfeasance ahead of tomorrow’s presidential and national assembly elections may have begun paying dividends…
In a statement, the commission said the massive operation by the 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 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 commission said, adding that 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.
He said the tactical teams 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
‘’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, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org’’, he said.