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Ekiti Election: NSCDC clears air on ‘hijacking’ money meant for vote buying

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC has cleared the air from an online news report alleging that its operatives’ hijacked’ party money meant for vote-buying in the just concluded Governorship Election in Ekiti State.

The NSCDC Director of Public Relations, DCC Olusola Odumosu, in a statement on Sunday, said; “The Corps wishes to state in clear terms that its operatives who were on election duty on Saturday, June 18, arrested two persons, namely, Tope Aderibigbe A.k.a “Say War” aged 36, in connection with thuggery and one 42 years old Mrs Oguntoyinbo Bilikisu for vote buying.

“They were both accosted at a polling unit in Ado Local Government Area and not Ikere-Ekiti Local Government as alleged in the report.”

Odumosu continued by saying that; “The two suspects were apprehended after the attention of NSCDC election monitoring team was drawn by the people, mostly party agents, to a chaotic situation created by some individuals allegedly attempting to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the election through vote buying and attack on voters by rented thugs.

“The timely intervention of the Corps restored normalcy to the polling units. However, only a sum of six thousand thousand, seven hundred and twenty naira (N6,720) was found on the suspected vote buyer after a thorough search was conducted on her.

“In spite of that, a preliminary investigation commenced on the suspects who were later released in order not to disenfranchise them after being accredited to vote as no incriminating materials were found on them.

“To this end, the Corps wishes to state categorically that there was no collection or hijacking of any money belonging to any political party, their agents or any individual at Ikere-Ekiti Local Government.

“The report is false, frivolous, and perhaps a figment of the imagination of the writer in an attempt to cast aspersion on the image and credibility of the Corps.

“Members of the public are therefore urged to disregard and ignore such a mischievous report.

*In an attempt to avoid such allegations and curb vote-buying at polling units, the Corps’ delegation, headed by Acting Deputy Commandant-General Operations, Haruna Lawal Muhammed, alongside other top officers, embarked on election patrol.

*On patrol, the team received reports of vote-buying at wards within Ado- Ekiti and Ikire and was able to disperse such crowds.

“The NSCDC is a noble organization with credibility and professional orientation; hence, its personnel cannot be moved by any monetary inducement; rather, they would report and return such illicit money to the authority if such a situation had arisen as they have done in other past elections in the country.”

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