ICPC operatives arrest suspects for vote buying in Osun
By Paul Michael
Operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) who were on election monitoring duties at the just- concluded Osun State gubernatorial election, have arrested three persons for alleged vote buying.
ICPC Spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua, in a statement in Abuja, disclosed that one Dapo Olayode was arrested by at Ife North and Central Local Government Councils, Osun East Senatorial District, at Polling Unit 7, Iremo Ward IV with a list containing the names of voters while an Android phone was also collected from him.
“At Egbedore Local Government, Osun West Senatorial District, precisely in Polling Unit 003, Ward 10, Osunbukola Junction, Kamorudeen Nafisat, a female and Ojuade Musbau Olaniyi, a male were arrested by another team for alleged vote buying.
“Items collected from the duo included one Android Phone and a notebook containing a list of names of voters.
“A third team was attacked by a popular thug and his gang while attempting to effect the arrest of a vote buyer.
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“The attack was at Polling Unit 1, Ward 7, opposite Polaris Bank, in front of Oba’s Palace, Esa-Oke, Obokun Local Government Area,” Ogugua said.
She explained that the suspected vote buyer was also caught with a list containing names of 100 people expecting to be paid N5,000 each.
Ogugua said its team leader sustained serious injury in the fracas that ensued, but the team was able to retrieve the book containing the list of 100 voters.
“The statements of all the suspects are being taken under caution, and investigations are still ongoing,” she stated.