Vote buying: EFCC arrests 19 suspects in Kwara

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday in Ilorin paraded 19 suspected vote buyers arrested during the ongoing Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.

The suspects were paraded at the head office of the commission, located at GRA, Ilorin.

Speaking with journalists, the Acting Zonal Head, Ilorin zonal office, Micheal Nzekwe said the mandate of the commission was to ensure that money influence in politics is totally cut out and eradicated.

“The suspects were directly involved in vote buying. We got credible intelligence and we acted on those intelligence.

”Some were arrested in Omu-Aran, Ilorin South and Ilorin West, we were all over the state,” Nzekwe said.

He added that investigation would commence immediately and the provisions of the law would be followed afterwards.

”Though they were picked in different locations across the state with money and Point on Sales (PoS) machines found in their possession, but we will do further investigation.

”We are an agency set up by law and we will strictly go with the provisions of the law after we have concluded investigation,” the acting zonal head said.