2023 Election: Vote Buyers Injure EFCC Operatives In Kaduna, Damage Vehicle
Some suspected vote buyers in Kaduna State on Saturday attacked and injured officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Acting on intelligence information, the EFCC officials who were on election monitoring duty had stormed Kaduna State to arrest one Kabiru Musa who was seen in an amateur video allegedly inducing eligible voters by using his phone to transfer money into their accounts as they cast their votes.
However, as the EFCC team accosted him, Musa became unruly and screamed to attract the attention of his syndicate members, who descended on the operatives, using all manner of weapons that left some of them injured. It took great restraint for the operatives to ignore the unprovoked attack but insisted on arresting the suspect.
The incident happened at School Road, Unguwan Rimi Kaduna as confirmed to NewsTimes in a statement by the EFCC head of media and publicity, Wilson Uwujaren.
He added that as the team drove away with the suspect, their vehicle was pelted with stones and other dangerous objects that damaged the windshield and three operatives suffered varying degrees of injuries in the process.
The injured operatives are currently receiving medical attention at the Medical Centre of the Kaduna Zonal Command, while the suspect is in custody, pending the conclusion of the investigation.
Reacting to the incident, Executive Chairman of the Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa commended the operatives for exercising great restraint under extreme provocation. He however appealed to the public to desist from attacking officers of the Commission as such action would no longer be tolerated.
It will be recalled that EFCC teams were similarly attacked during the presidential and national assembly elections, leaving some of its vehicles badly damaged.