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      The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 19 individuals for alleged vote-buying during the Kwara State House of Assembly bye-election held on Saturday, March 14, 2020. According to the EFCC, the suspects were apprehended at different polling units in the state, where they were trying to induce voters with money.

      The arrests were made in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which provided the EFCC with information on the suspicious activities of the individuals. The suspects were caught in possession of various sums of money and have been detained for further investigation.

      The EFCC has reiterated its commitment to ensuring free, fair, and credible elections in Nigeria, stating that it will not tolerate any form of electoral malpractice.

      The agency has called on citizens to cooperate with it in its efforts to rid the country of electoral fraud and corruption.

      This latest incident of vote-buying highlights the ongoing challenges that Nigeria faces in conducting peaceful and transparent elections.


      The use of money to influence voters has been a persistent problem in the country’s electoral process, and the EFCC’s actions are an important step towards addressing this issue.

      The arrests also serve as a warning to other individuals who may be considering engaging in vote-buying in future elections. It sends a message that such actions will not be tolerated and that perpetrators will be held accountable for their actions.

      As Nigeria prepares for more upcoming elections, it is important that all stakeholders, including the government, political parties, civil society organizations, and citizens, work together to promote transparency and integrity in the electoral process. The EFCC’s efforts in combating vote-buying are a crucial part of this broader effort to ensure that democracy in Nigeria remains strong and vibrant.

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