In the course of election duties in the Igalamela local government area of Kogi State, soldiers arrested the local government council chairman and several others for being in possession of ammunition and a substantial amount of cash. The incident occurred while the people of Kogi State were participating in the gubernatorial election.
According to SaharaReporters, the soldiers confiscated the large cache of ammunition and millions of naira in cash. A video circulating on social media captured the suspects sitting on the ground near an army checkpoint.
In the viral video, both the council chairman and the individuals accompanying him expressed regret and pleaded for forgiveness, but the soldiers reportedly did not comply. The suspects admitted that the money was intended for distribution to voters at various polling units within the local government area and Idah during the governorship election.
The arrest underscores the ongoing efforts to maintain the integrity of the election process and prevent irregularities, especially concerning the influence of money in the voting exercise. As the situation unfolds, further details may emerge regarding the investigation and any legal actions taken against those arrested.
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