Gov’ship poll : EFCC arrests Over 65 persons for alleged voter inducement
No fewer than 65 persons were arrested for alleged voter inducement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Saturday March 18, 2023 across the 28 states where Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections were conducted.
Twenty of the suspects were arrested by operatives from the Ilorin Zonal Command while 13 suspects were nabbed by operatives on election monitoring duty at the Kaduna Zonal Command.
The teams monitoring the polls in the Port Harcourt Zone arrested a total of 12 people for various offences bordering on inducing voters with money to vote their preferred candidates, while the Uyo Zonal Command made 4 arrests in Calabar. The remaining suspects were arrested in Gombe, Sokoto , kebbi and Niger states.
Those arrested in Kaduna consist of 10 males and 3 females. They were apprehended by operatives working on intelligence or chanced upon them during the monitoring exercise.
A suspect allegedly involved in vote buying was nabbed at School Road, Unguwan Rimi Kaduna. The suspect who initially resisted arrest, is however in custody, pending the conclusion of the investigation.
Also in Kaduna, the Tẹam led by ACE II Esmond Garba arrested one Buhari Muhammed in PU 002 Dogara Yaro Dagari area. He was arrested with Voter Coupons, which he confessed would be used to trace and pay those who voted for his party.
Furthermore, the team monitoring the voting exercise around LEA Kabala Doki, Kaduna led by CSE Wakilu Omokide also arrested two individuals suspected of vote buying. Upon their arrest, a total sum of N67, 500, a list containing names of voters with their PVC numbers and their bank account details amongst others, were recovered from them.
Investigation so far revealed that the major modus operandi of the suspects is to give cash, transfer money, coupons and send recharge cards to eligible voters in order to induce them to vote for their candidates. A search of their persons and phones revealed that most of them had transferred money into the accounts of some voters on the lists recovered from them.
Some of the items recovered from the suspects include, voters cards, monies, list containing names and account details of voters. Others are recharge cards.
Officers of the Kaduna Command also arrested two persons in Niger State for alleged vote buying.The first suspect, one Umar.B. Ibrahim was arrested at Peter Sarki Road polling unit based on an intelligence. Upon searching his vehicle, an INEC ID tag (domestic election observer) bearing his name and photograph and also a letter of appointment from BOS ( Bago Support Organisation) as Director Liaison, were uncovered.
On further enquiry, he disclosed that a certain Mr. Usman Mohammed, who belongs to his political party gave him the INEC ID tag .
The second suspect, Isa Salihu Bababida, was arrested at Unguwar Nassarawa with several lists of names, account numbers and BVN.
In Port Harcourt, the election monitoring teams arrested 10 suspects in Port Harcourt alleged to be involved in voter inducement at Moscow Road, Elekahia, Township, Mile 2, Ward 2 polling Unit 2 and 30, Ogbum, Phalga, Port Harcourt.
The suspects were arrested with A4 papers that had names, telephone and account numbers of persons suspected to be voters. Also two youths who were alleged to be involved in voter inducement were arrested at Ward 2 Polling Unit 2 and 30, Ogbum, PHALGA, Port Harcourt City.
The four persons arrested at different locations in Calabar by the team from Uyo Zonal Command, led by CE Binta A. Rano, are currently volunteering their statements at the Criminal Investigation Department, Cross River State Police Command.
the team arrested one Esther Asuquo Edem, the Woman Leader of one of the political parties for Ward 11, Calabar South, Cross River State and two others, Edet Okon Etim and Asanwana Peter Eyo, for alleged vote buying in Calabar.
The Woman Leader, who had a list of suspected voters, their account numbers and Thousands of Naira in cash was apprehended inside an uncompleted building, beside her Ward in Calabar South, while Etim and Eyo were arrested at Ward 12, Unit 11, at Kings Memorial School by Inyang Street, Abasi Obori, Calabar South.
The duo of Etim and Eyo had with them their own lists and money they allegedly used in buying vote
The 20 suspects arrested by the Ilorin Zonal Command are Adekunle Ademola, Wasiu Raimi, Laaro Rasheed, Alagbe Taiwo, Boniface Victory, Kayode Toba, Adeoye Adetunji, Lawal Favour, Abidoye Victoria Moradeyo, Magaji Iliasu, Abdulkadir Abdulmumini and Musa Lateef Olasunkanmi.
Others are Marudeen Sadiq, Abogunrin Jimoh Oluwasesan, Funmilayo Lawal, Olawuyi Bolarin, Garuba Ismail, Abiola Abogunrin, Amidu Tiamiyu and Usman Abdulazeez.
They suspects, who were arrested at different polling units across the State, were caught with incriminating items including cash of various sums, notebook containing list of voters names, POS machine, mobile phones and voter cards, among others.
Upon interrogation, some of the suspects identified themselves as party agents while some admitted distributing money to induce voters.
In Gombe, the Gombe Zonal Command led by ACE Faruk M. Dogondaji, made 10 arrests for alleged voter inducement, and recovered , 43 pieces of wrappers and N 1, 923,900 cash.
Investigations are still ongoing to determine the culpability of each suspect.
Court restrained Dr. Ayu from parading himself as PDP National Chairman
A Benue State High Court sitting in Makurdi has restrained the National Chairman of the People Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Dr. Iyorchia Ayu from office.
Justice W.I. Kpochi also restrained Dr Ayu from parading himself as the National Chairman of PDP pending the determination of a Motion on Notice filed by Engr. Engr Conrad Terhide Utaan against Dr. Ayu and the PDP following Ayu’s suspension from the party by
his ward executive, the Igyorov Council Ward ,Benue State on Saturday.
The judge issued an order of interim injunction after hearing from Mr. M.T.Assoh the lawyer who moved and argued an ex-parte application brought by Engr. Utaan .
Engr. Utaan had filed a suit marked MHC/85/2023 against Dr. Iyorchia Ayu and the People Democratic Party but later brought the ex-parte applications which the court granted as prayed.
The order issued by the judge read as follows:
“By this ex-parte application the Plaintiff’s/Applicant principally seek the order couched thus:
“An order of interim injunction restraining the 1st defendant Dr.Senator Iyorchia Ayu from parading himself as the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party , PDP, having lost membership of the party, pending the hearing and determination of Motion on Notice already filed.
‘”The application is supported by a fifteen (15) paragraphs affidavit to which is annexed three exhibits as Exhibits: A1, A2, and B, which are the Applicant’s membership card of the 2nd defendant, receipts for payment of dues and a vote of no confidence passed on the 1st Defendant/Respondent by the Igyorov Council Ward of the 2nd Defendant in Gboko.Local Government , Benue State.
‘”Upon hearing Mr. M.T.Assoh learned Counsel ably move the application and upon dispassionate considerations of facts placed before me in the pool of affidavit evidences, and again,upon the considerations of issues distilled in the written address by Mr. M.T.Assoh learned Counsel ,it is my candid view that this is a proper case to grant interim injunction as craved.
“Consequently, this application is hereby granted in the terms of the reliefs, captured in the motion paper as herein before reproduced.
“It is so ordered.”
The matter has been adjourned to 17/4/2023 for hearing.
Suspension: Ayu mocks Exco members, derides them as illiterate persons who lack power to suspend him
Embattled suspended National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu has described his suspension as exercise in futility and u n institutional.
He is fighting back with all the venom, the bile and causticity in him as he unleashed verbal attack on the exco members in hus state who suspended him fir alleged anti-party activities.
Deriding them, he declared that the members of the PDP Executive Committee in Igyorov Ward, Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, who suspended him for alleged anti-party activities, were “illiterate” persons.
Ayu said the PDP committee lacked the power to suspend him, noting that the members of the committee were ignorant of the party’s Constitution.
The committee had on Sunday suspended Ayu for alleged anti-party activities, adding that his anti-party activities, alongside his allies, contributed to the party’s loss in his ward and local government in the March 18 governorship election in the state.
They also accused Ayu of not paying his annual dues as enshrined by the party’s constitution, noting that most of his closest allies worked for the All Progressive Congress (APC) which resulted in the abysmal performance of the PDP in Igyorov Ward.
However, the PDP chairman, in a statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Simon Imobo-Tswam, described his suspension as “an exercise in futility as it derives its strength majorly from gross illiteracy, ignorance, gambling, and desperation”.
He stressed that only the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) had the power to suspend him, saying the suspension letter was written by an illiterate person and given to the coerced members of the committee to sign in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
The statement read: “We wish to state categorically and with all emphasis at our disposal thus:
“For starters, Article 57(7) of the PDP Constitution as Amended in 2017 expressly prohibits any organ of the party or executive committee of the party at the Ward or State Level from taking any disciplinary measure against any member of the party’s National Executive Committee.
“The purported suspension is, therefore, an exercise in futility as it derives its strength majorly from gross illiteracy, ignorance, gambling, and desperation. It has only mischief, drama, and propaganda value.
“But more than this, the so-called suspension letter was written by an illiterate (sic) before hand and only given to the coerced members to sign somewhere in Makurdi.
“This is why the original date is tipexed and 24 March imposed on it. And this is also why it states that the presidential/NASS and Governorship/State Assembly elections were held on 25th and 18th March 2023, respectively.
“From what we know, the document itself is fraudulent as the signatures of the Ward Executives were forged or obtained under duress.
“The (Ward) chairman, his deputy, and legal adviser didn’t sign. The 14th person on the list didn’t sign, too. She was at NKST Ambighir for the Holy Communion.
“In fact, the same applies to Nos. 5, 8, and 16. At the time they were supposed to be in Makurdi with the other coerced, intimidated, and induced members of the Exco, they were actually in their villages, going about their normal businesses”.
“Up till now, about nine members of the Ward Exco are still being held hostage in a location in Makurdi for obvious reasons. And expectedly, their mobile numbers have been switched off. It is instructive.
“The general public is hereby advised to ignore rumours to this heinous effect. Those behind the plot are only investing in expensive illusions.”
I Prefer Kissing, S3x Scenes With Seasoned Actors – Nancy Isime
Popular actress and media personality, Nancy Isime has revealed how she feels acting s3x and scene kissing roles. She spoke during an interview with media personality, Dadaboy. According to her, she doesn’t enjoy acting such roles. She further explained that even if it looks good on screen, she prefers such scenes with seasoned actors who understand professionalism. She said, “Well, it’s a script, and Yes, I do kiss in movies. But Why will I enjoy it? 5,000 people around you. Enjoy what? I never enjoy doing nothing. There’s cameras around, it’s a scene. I prefer to actually have kissing scenes with seasoned actors who understand the professionalism of a kissing scene or a s3x scene. “S3x scene of course because everybody is all dressed up but there is movement. So there’s literally people who understand the job and are focused and are literally just running through a script.”
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