The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced the arrest of suspected vote buyers with N11 million in cash during the governorship elections held in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states on Saturday.
According to the EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, 14 individuals were apprehended in connection to the alleged vote-buying activities. The arrests took place in Otueke and Adawari playgrounds in Bayelsa State, as well as various polling units in Imo and Kogi states.
Of the total amount intercepted, N9.3 million was seized from vote buyers and sellers in Bayelsa State, while N1.73 million was recovered from other suspects across Imo State.
The statement further mentioned that the suspects would soon face charges in court. The arrests were a result of intelligence-driven operations conducted by the EFCC in the days leading up to the governorship elections in the three states.
In addition to the cash seizure, two vehicles were also intercepted from the suspects during the operations. The EFCC emphasized its commitment to ensuring that electoral processes remain free from corrupt practices.