The Ilorin office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday apprehended 24 suspected internet fraudsters and one other person for vote buying in the state.
The head of EFCC in Ilorin, Isyaku Sharu, during an interview with NAN stated that most of the suspects arrested are vibrant, young and energetic youths whose age are between 18 and 25.
“Among those arrested are two corps members, some students of University of Ilorin and others from the Kwara Polytechnic, including their girlfriends”
“15 of them have been taken to court, while the remaining 10 girls are still under investigation until we find something against them,” he said.
He stated that before the general elections, the commission embarks on educating the people both on local media, English and Yoruba media warning the people against vote buying.
“We informed them that vote buying was a criminal offence as structured in the Electoral procedure act”.
“We published our numbers for people to call, and during the last Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections, we got calls and we were able to arrest one person for vote buying and we will soon charge him to court,” he said.
He stated that the commission and the Nigerian Customs Service arrested a fake Customs controller who swindled members of the public, issuing them forms for employment and collecting huge sums of money.
“Unsuspected citizens were given forms for employment into the NCS by the suspect, who collected up to N500,000.”
“He has since been charged to court,” he said.
He said the EFCC will collaborate with stakeholders in the state, like the security agents, law enforcement, traditional institution, Corps members and students against economic and financial crimes in the state.