Off-Cycle Polls: EFCC Nabs Vote Buyers, Seizes N11m Cash


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says over 11 million Naira in cash was seized by its operatives in the gubernatorial elections that held in the three states of Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi on Saturday, November 11, 2023.

The anti-graft agency also confirmed that 14 suspected vote buyers were arrested in Otueke, Adawari playgrounds in Bayelsa and at various polling units in Imo and Kogi States.

EFCC Spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the suspects were arrested on Saturday in intelligence-driven operations that commenced several days before the Saturday’s governorship elections in the three states.

According to Oyewale, “Also, a total sum of N11,040,000, comprising N9,310,00 intercepted from suspected vote buyers and sellers in Bayelsa, and N1,730,000 intercepted from electoral fraud suspects across Imo State, were recovered from them.”

He further said; “Two vehicles were intercepted from the suspects”, adding that; “They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded”.

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