The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced that its operatives have intercepted the sum of N32.4 million cash suspected to be for buying votes in Lagos state.
EFCC, in a statement on Friday, said the suspect has been taken into custody for questioning over the development.
In a photo accompanying the EFCC statement, with new N1,000 notes in bundles were displayed.
“The massive operation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to deter vote trading and other financial malfeasance ahead of tomorrow’s presidential and national assembly elections may have begun paying dividends with the interception in Lagos of the sum of N32,400,000 (Thirty-two Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira) allegedly suspected to be used for vote buying in Lagos,” the statement reads.
“The recovery was made by operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the Commission.
“The suspect involved has been taken into custody for further questioning.”
Speaking on steps to tackle vote-buying across the country, Abdulrasheed Bawa, the EFCC chairperson, also advised personnel of the commission assigned to monitor elections “to show courage and not give room for unscrupulous persons to undermine the integrity of the elections through financial inducement”.
The discovery by the EFCC in Lagos comes hours after the Rivers state police command said it arrested Chinyere Igwe, a member of the house of representatives, with $498,100 cash during a stop-and-search.