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Police, NSCDC move to stop vote-buyers in Osun election

By Alex Olise

Ahead of the heated governorship election in Osun State on Saturday, the police and other security services, including the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have mapped out strategies to contrail the activities of vote-buyers during the election.

In a bid to stop vote-buying, the security services sent detectives, including undercover agents, to observe the election and detain vote-buyers. Also, Amotekun Corps and troops were sent out to assist the police.

Vote-buying has tarnished the credibility of recent elections in the nation as voters are extensively persuaded with cash at polling units by representatives of political parties to influence the results in favour of their respective party. The Trumpet Gathered

Force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), disclosed the police strategy against vote-buying to journalists in preparation ahead of the election.

According to him, the force will not put up with any electoral fraud during the Osun election.

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Adejobi explained that the police would make use of the Federal Intelligence Bureau (FIB), the Tactical Corps, and the Special Forces to lessen the instances of vote-buying.

The FIB is the pinnacle of the Force’s intelligence gathering, according to the Force. It is the sole division of the Force that offers information on criminal activity and national security.

The Force spokesperson added that the FIB will be there when asked whether the police would send undercover officers to observe the election and detain anyone buying votes.

“The FIB operatives are there, Tactical Corps have been deployed to Osun, including my department-Public Relations Department. So, every unit and sector of the department of police is involved.

“Don’t forget that we have the Electoral Offences Desk officer who happens to be the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of CID in Osun state.

“He will collate and investigate all electoral offences. They are there to do their job while we appeal to the people of the state to be calm and law-abiding,” Adejobi stated.

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