Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has come out to clear the air about the ownership of a said property on 15 Ganges Street, Maitama, Abuja where some Bi-Modal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) machines were found during the collation of the presidential results.
Naija News reports that the speaker in a statement on Friday said he does not have any property at the said address and that the rumours that some people were found with BVAS on his property at that address were false.
The lawmaker explained that the reports that made the rounds on social media were made by some unscrupulous people and it was fake news.
It would be recalled that during the collation of last Saturday’s election results, a social media report suggested that some persons were arrested with electoral materials, including BVAS and that the property where they were found belonged to Gbajabiamila.
However, in a swift reaction, the Nigeria Police Force debunked the news in a statement by the Force’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
The police said “Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), acting on a tip from residents of an area in Maitama who reported suspicious activities, visited the location, interviewed the occupants, and conducted a search on the house. In the course of the search, some electoral materials and BVAS machines were discovered in their possession. However, the Independent National Electoral Commission, when contacted, confirmed that the occupants of the house are staff of Emperor Technology, outsourcing engineering services to the INEC, and they were immediately released to go about their lawful business.”
Gbajabiamila, who applauded the police for their fast intervention on the matter said “I wish to put it on record that I DO NOT own any property.
“I commend the police for their timely intervention and clarification on the matter. I urge the public to disregard the allegation that I own the said property. (gavinbros.com)
“At a time when fake news gains public attention on social media within the shortest time, it became necessary to issue this press release to set the record straight; else some people among the public would believe such brazen lies spread by purveyors of fake news.”