Nigeria: ICPC Arrests Four Suspected Vote Buyers in Sokoto, Katsina

ICPC says its operatives got here underneath assault whilst finishing up the arrest of the vote people today.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested 4 vote people today in Sokoto and Katsina States for the time of the governorship and residences of meeting elections on Saturday.

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In its election monitoring operations throughout the States of the Federation, officers of the anti-corruption company encountered some vote people today at Kauran Miyo Primary School in Bodingo Town of Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

The Sokoto State Monitoring Team of the Commission arrested the three male vote-buyers – Mahe Bello, Musa Adamu and Mustapha Mohammed, all of Kauran Miyo Bodinga.

Mahe Bello was caught in possession of a funds sum of #38,000k, two PVCs, one ATM Card and an Infinix cellphone whilst Musa Adamu had CFA 228,000 in his possession which was being presented to voters. The third suspect, Mustapha Mohammed, was arrested with some PVCs in his possession.

The ICPC Monitoring Team, on the other hand, got here underneath assault whilst finishing up the arrest of the three vote people today. An officer of the Commission, Rabiu Ibrahim, suffered a head harm from being hit by stones. He has been admitted right into a hospital and he’s in a steady circumstance.

The three voters have been stored inside the custody of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) earlier than being conveyed to ICPC’s detention facility in Sokoto.

In a associated growth, the ICPC Katsina State Election Monitoring Team arrested one Tanimu Tabale for vote purchasing at Tashar Yamma Polling Unit in Zango Local Government Area of the State.

Tabale, a 35-year previous man, claimed he was an observer in Makama Polling Unit however was arrested at Tashar Yamma Polling Unit with the sum of Twenty Thousand Naira (N20,000.00) in completely different denominations trying to shop for the votes of the citizens.

One of the ICPC Monitoring Teams in Delta State rescued a feminine voter, Oge Nwaomose, from mob motion by brokers of some events who accused her of vote-buying.

Nwaomose was seen parading herself at Unit 13 Ward 6, shortly after casting her vote at Unit 8 Ward 13, Ogbu-Utu Primary School, Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State

The officers of the anti-corruption company at Polling Unit 13 Ward 6 in Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State, prevented additional assaults on the girl, who was thereafter whisked her away to the State Office for interrogation.

During a search carried out on her, the sum of Six Thousand Naira (₦6,000) in 500 naira be aware denominations was discovered on her. Her assertion was obtained and he or she was granted bail.

The Commission had on February 25 arrested 9 vote-buyers in Osun, Ondo, Borno, Akwa Ibom and Sokoto states for the time of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.


Mrs. Azuka Ogugua

ICPC Spokesperson

18th March, 2023

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