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Osun Decides 2018: Police arrest fake INEC official, vote buyers
THE Nigerian police have arrested a man who was posing as an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The impersonator, who is said to be an ‘O’YES Cadet’, was arrested at Ife South Local Government Area, Ward 2, Polling Unit 4, during the tour of the Commissioner of Police in charge of Ile-Ife Area Command, Iliyasu Hammed.
He was identified as a fake official after he failed to produce his identity card to prove that he was an authentic INEC official.
O’YES is an acronym for Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, a programme initiated by the Osun State government to empower youths in the state.
Similarly, the police also arrested two agents of one of the political parties involved in the governorship election for alleged vote-buying.
Two (2) suspected vote buyers have been arrested by a team of police personnel on election duty at Iwo LGA of OSUN State and the sum of N604,000 recovered from their possession. Investigation is being intensified. pic.twitter.com/AYuLGi7r38
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) September 22, 2018
According to a statement released by the police on Saturday, the middle-aged men were arrested in Iwo Local Government Area and the sum of N604,000 was recovered from them.
The account by the police was corroborated by the Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, during an interview with journalists.
“At Iwo, we got a report that security agencies arrested someone with about N600,000 cash near their polling unit. It was earlier this morning. The person was arrested and he is already with the police,” Agbaje said.
He however said he does not know the political party the arrested suspects were working for. “We are not interested in any party, we are interested that somebody came there, that is why the police are investigating. The person is already with the police”, he said.
“We said it that people should not bring money near a polling station. Anybody that does that, would be arrested.”