The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has deployed officers of the anti-graft agency across the country for Saturday’s governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.
The teams led by senior officers began arriving at their assigned locations on Friday, March 17, with a number of them holding consultations with the other security agencies involved in election security and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to a statement issued on Friday by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the team for Ebonyi State arrived Abakaliki, the state capital, and met with the Commissioner of Police at the State Headquarters to register their presence before proceeding to the State INEC Headquarters for a brief meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).
Officers of Kaduna Zonal Command, led by ACEII Mustapha Abubakar, who are on election monitoring mission to Niger State, also met the Commissioner of Police, J.A Ogundele, to register their presence in the state just as they visited the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the state, Ahmed Yusha’u Garki.
Officers of the Abuja Zonal Command on election monitoring duty in Nasarawa State, led by ACE II Adeniyi Adebayo, also registered their presence at the police headquarters in Lafia and had a brief meeting with the Commissioner of Police.
“The brief of the teams is to deter vote trading and other financial malpractices that could compromise the integrity of the elections,” Uwujaren noted.
The EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, had in a message to the teams before the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections charged them to exhibit a high sense of integrity and professionalism in carrying out their duties.
“You are out on a national assignment and I expect you to conduct yourselves responsibly in line with our core values of professionalism, integrity, and courage.
“You have a responsibility to ensure that this election is devoid of financial malpractices, especially inducement of voters.
“The attention of the world is focused on Nigeria and we must do what is necessary to ensure that we have credible, free, and fair elections,” Bawa stated.