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EFCC election monitoring teams attacked by ‘political thugs’ in Imo, Abuja


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its officials monitoring elections were attacked on Saturday in Imo and Abuja.

The presidential and national assembly elections are currently ongoing across the country.

The anti-graft agency shared details of the attacks in a thread posted on its Twitter handle.

“A team of operatives from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, who were on duty monitoring the presidential and national assembly elections was on Saturday, February 25, 2023, attacked by political thugs near Chief’s palace in Bwari Area council of the Federal Capital Territory,” the EFCC said.

“The attack followed the arrest of a man for allegedly masterminding a well-orchestrated vote buying procedure at the polling unit situated at Science Primary School, Bwari.

“The team had arrested the suspect, said to be about 30 years old, and retrieved from him a list of beneficiaries he had already paid some money to, through an online banking app.

“It was at the point of moving the suspect away from the polling unit that the thugs attacked, smashing the windshield of the Commission’s patrol van.

“They only retreated into their hideouts after the Commission’s operative responded by releasing warning shots, before members of the Joint Task Force team comprising the Department of State Services, the Nigeria Police and others, Arrived the scene.

“The incident was immediately reported at the Bwari Police Station.

“Similarly, a team of EFCC operatives on election monitoring duty at Unit 001, Mann Primary School behind Chorobim junction was shot at by unknown persons two black Prado SUV’s and one white Hilux outside the polling unit, suspected to be buying votes.

“The EFCC team responded, forcing them to flee the scene. The incident was formally reported to DCP Operations, Haruna Femi at the Imo State Police Command.”

The collation of the results of the general election is expected to continue on Sunday.

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