EFCC election monitoring teams attacked in Abuja, Imo

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Election monitoring teams of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, were attacked on Saturday in Abuja and Imo State.

The officers were targeted by political thugs near the chief’s palace in Bwari Area of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

The attack followed the arrest of a man for allegedly orchestrating a vote-buying procedure at the polling unit at Science Primary School, Bwari.

EFCC spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren said operatives arrested a middle-aged man and retrieved a list of beneficiaries he already paid some money, through a banking app.

It was while transporting him away from the polling unit that the thugs smashed the windshield of an official vehicle.

They retreated after security personnel fired warning shots, before members of the Joint Task Force, comprising the Department of State Services, DSS, and the police arrived at the scene.

In Imo, officers on election monitoring duty at Unit 001, Mann Primary School, behind Chorobim Junction were shot at by unknown persons.

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The attackers who were inside two black Prado SUVs and one white Hilux outside the polling unit were suspected to be involved in vote buying.

The EFCC team returned shots forcing the assailants to flee. The incident was subsequently reported to DCP Operations, Haruna Femi, at the Imo State Police Command.

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