The Police Command in Enugu State has said it has arrested investigated and arraigned the woman in a trending video allegedly extorting money before issuing Permanent Voter Cards to their owners.
This was contained in a statement by the command Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, on Thursday in Enugu.
“Police detectives serving in the state Criminal Investigation Department of Enugu State Command on January 31, 2023, arrested a female suspect, one Chinwendu Nnamani, 41.
“Nnamani was involved in the viral social media video clip in which she is seen and alleged to be selling INEC Permanent Voter Cards at the sum of one thousand naira, at a primary school in Emene, Enugu.
“Also arrested is one Nkiruka Patience Obinna, 38, identified as an INEC staff and alleged to have given the said PVCs to the first suspect for distribution to the actual owners.
“Investigation has been concluded, the case charged to court in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022, and the suspects arraigned accordingly,” he said.
The police spokesman further said that the suspects in the extorting money for PVCs case were granted bail and the case adjourned to February 15 for further hearing.
Meanwhile, a journalist with an online news platform, Swift Reporters, Adewole Kehinde, last Saturday sued the Independent National Electoral Commission over the denial of access to his voter card.
Printouts and text messages exchanged with the commission’s official sighted by our correspondent show that Kehinde, a publisher with the news agency, transferred his voter registration from Area 11 to Nyanga, Abuja following his relocation to his new residence.
After many visits to the INEC office, he was, however, told that his card could not be found as seen on one of the printouts.
“Since INEC wants to deny me my fundamental right to vote, I don’t have a choice but to sue them for N500 million even though my single vote is far above the N500 million.
“There are thousands of Nigerians that have come to me to indicate interest in joining in the suit against INEC, and hopefully by Monday, 7th February, my Lawyer will serve INEC.
“It is either INEC will print my PVC before February 25th, 2023 or the court will stop the election until my PVC is printed and handed over to me.
“INEC cannot just deny my vote and I can’t vote with the old PVC since it has been transferred to Nyanya, ” Adewole said.