EFCC operatives attacked, injured attempting to arrest suspected vote buyer
Anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Saturday, said its operatives came under attack while on election monitoring duty in Kaduna during the governorship and state Assembly elections in the state.
The agency which disclosed this in a statement, Saturday, said its operatives were attacked at the School Road, Unguwan Rimi in Kaduna while attempting to arrest a suspected vote buyer.
According to the statement which was signed by the agency’s Spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC operatives who were working on intelligence on the alleged activities of one Kabiru Musa, earlier captured in an amateur video allegedly inducing eligible voters by using his phone to transfer money into their accounts as they cast their votes, had mobilized to the scene to arrest the suspect.
“However, immediately he was accosted by the operatives, Musa became unruly and screamed to attract the attention of his syndicate members, who descended on the operatives, using all manner of weapons that left some of them injured. It took great restraints for the operatives to ignore the unprovoked attack but insisted on arresting the suspect.
“As the team drove away with the suspect, their vehicle was pelted with stones and other dangerous objects that damaged the windshield and three operatives suffered varying degrees of injuries in the process.
“The injured operatives are currently receiving medical attention at the Medical Centre of the Kaduna Zonal Command, while the suspect is in custody, pending conclusion of the investigation,” the statement read.
EFCC recalled that its operatives teams were similarly attacked during the Presidential and National Assembly elections, leaving some of its vehicles badly damaged.