Police arrest woman for selling voter’s cards

CITIZENS COMPASS- FEW days to the presidential elections, Enugu State Police Command says it has arrested a woman extorting N1,000 from members of the public before issuing
Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

A video trending online had exposed the woman allegedly extorting money before issuing PVCs.

However, the Command in a statement on Thursday, said the woman is in custody.

Spokesperson of the command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, on Thursday in Enugu.

“Police detectives serving in the state Criminal Investigation Department of Enugu State Command on January 31, 2023, arrested a female suspect, one Chinwendu Nnamani, 41.

  • Nnamani was involved in the viral social media video clip in which she is seen and alleged to be selling INEC Permanent Voter Cards at the sum of one thousand Naira, at a primary school in Emene, Enugu.

“Also arrested is one Nkiruka Patience Obinna, 38, identified as an INEC staff and alleged to have given the said PVCs to the first suspect for distribution to the actual owners.

“Investigation has been concluded, the case charged to court in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022, and the suspects arraigned accordingly,” he said.

The police spokesman further said that the suspects in the extorting money for PVCs case were granted bail and the case adjourned to February 15 for further hearing

Few weeks ago, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had extended the deadline for the collection of PVCs by an additional one week.

By the extension, the PVC collection earlier scheduled to end on 29th January continued till 5th February, according to a statement by INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, had  said his meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) will deliberate on the ongoing collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in its 774 Local Government Offices nationwide.

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