#NigeriaElections2023: Thugs attack EFCC operatives in Abuja, Imo


Some political thugs have attacked the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) who were monitoring the ongoing presidential and National Assembly elections in Bwari Area Council of Abuja.

The EFCC, in a statement on Saturday, said its operatives were attacked near the chief’s palace in Bwari, Abuja.

It stated that the attack was sequel to the arrest of a man for allegedly masterminding a well-orchestrated vote-buying procedure at the polling unit situated at Science Primary School, Bwari.

“The team had arrested the suspect, said to be about 30 years old, and retrieved from him a list of beneficiaries he had already paid some money to, through an online banking app.

“It was at the point of moving the suspect away from the polling unit that the thugs attacked, smashing the windshield of the commission’s patrol van,” the anti-graft agency stated.

The EFCC stated that after its operatives responded by releasing warning shots, the thugs retreated into their hideouts before members of the Joint Task Force team comprising the Department of State Services, the Nigeria Police and others, arrived the scene.

The anti-graft agency stated that the incident has been reported at the Bwari Police Station.

The EFCC added that its operatives on election monitoring duty at Unit 001, Mann Primary School behind Cherubim junction were shot at by gunmen persons in two black Prado SUV’s and one white Hilux outside the polling unit.

The anti-graft noted that its responded, forcing the gunmen to flee the scene.

“The incident was formally reported to DCP Operations, Haruna Femi, at the Imo State Police Command,” it added.

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