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.
According to Vanguard, the speaker claimed in a statement on Friday that he has no property at the given address and that rumors that some people had been discovered there with BVAS were untrue.
The congressman argued that the stories spreading on social media were false and had been created by dishonest individuals.
Recall that during the collation of the election results on Saturday, a social media report claimed that some people had been detained with BVAS and other electoral materials and that the location where they were discovered belonged to Gbajabiamila.
The Nigeria Police Force quickly refuted the reports, though, in a statement issued by CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the force's public relations officer.
According to the police, "Operations of the Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), following on a tip from residents of a neighborhood in Maitama who reported suspicious activity, visited the place, spoke with the residents, and searched the home. During the search, some election-related items and BVAS devices were found in their possession. When contacted, the Independent National Electoral Commission confirmed that the people living there are employees of Emperor Technology, which provides engineering services to the INEC. As a result, they were immediately given permission to resume their legal activities.
Gbajabiamila stated, "I wish to put it on record that I DO NOT own any property. I applaud the police for their quick action in this situation.
"I applaud the police for their prompt action and explanation of the situation. I kindly request that people ignore the claim that I am the owner of the subject property.
"At a time when fake news garners attention from the public on social media in the shortest amount of time, it became necessary to issue this press release to clarify the situation; otherwise, some members of the public would believe such blatant lies spread by purveyors of fake news," the press release reads.
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