the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC)on Sunday, dismissed accusations of money theft by the Corps’ election agents during Saturday’s Ekiti gubernatorial election.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that there were posts on some media platforms accusing NSCDC operatives of stealing money intended to buy votes during the just concluded Ekiti gubernatorial election.
NSCDC spokesperson Olusola Odumosu, in an interview with NAN, said there was no collection or seizure of money belonging to any political party, its agents or individuals in the Ikere area of Ekiti.
However, Odumosu said two people were arrested in connection with the disruption of the state’s peaceful elections.
“We arrested two people; Tope Aderibigbe, known as ‘Say War’, 36, in connection with bullying and a Mrs. Oguntoyinbo Bilikisu, 42, for vote buying.
“Both were approached at a voting drive in the Ado local government area and not in the Ikere-Ekiti local government as alleged in the report.
“The timely intervention of the Corps restored normality to the polling stations,” he said.
He said that only a sum of N6,720 was found in the alleged vote buyer after an exhaustive search was carried out on him.
He further said that the suspects were released later so as not to deprive them after being accredited to vote.
The spokesman attributed what he described as “a false report” as an attempt to question the image and credibility of the Corps.
“The NSCDC is a noble organization with credibility and professional orientation, so its staff cannot be moved by any monetary incentive.
“We would denounce and return that illicit money to the authority if such a situation had arisen, as has been done in other past elections in the country,” he said.
The NAN reports that Deputy Commander General Haruna Muhammed in charge of the electoral operation and senior Corps officials monitored the elections in Ekiti and dispersed the groups involved in vote buying.
Mr. Odumosu said that the Corps Commander General Ahmed Audi congratulated all the staff who participated in the election for an impressive output.
He charged them to continue to be good ambassadors for the Corps whenever they were on a national mission.
However, he assured all personnel of the Corps’ commitment that the benefits of each operation be resolved in due time.