Early this morning, the Rivers State Police Command successfully arrested Hon. Chinyere Igwe, a member of the House of Representatives, for allegedly being in possession of $500,000 a day before the 2023 general elections. The police found a list detailing how the money would be distributed, including payments to INEC officials.
A police source reported that Igwe, an Atiku Abubakar supporter, intended to pay off INEC officials and security personnel. The list contained the names of beneficiaries in the 23 Local Government areas of the State, including security agencies and INEC officials.
Igwe was arrested on Aba Road in Port Harcourt, the State capital. He is a supporter of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The police have yet to release any official statements regarding the arrest.
The news has sparked controversy among citizens as the use of monetary incentives to sway election outcomes has been a longstanding issue in Nigeria's political landscape. The incident serves as a reminder to all political actors that such actions will not be tolerated and appropriate actions will be taken.
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