16th July, 2022
An Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) team on election monitoring duties was attacked by a popular thug and his gang while attempting to arrest a vote buyer at Esa-Oke, Ibokun Local Government Area during Saturday’s governorship election.
The team, according to a statement by ICPC, was attacked at Polling Unit 1, Ward 7, opposite Polaris Bank, in front of Oba’s Palace, Esa-Oke, while attempting to arrest a vote buyer caught with a list containing names of 100 persons expecting to be paid N5000 each.
However, ICPC said though the team leader sustained serious injury in the fracas that ensued, the officials were able to arrest the vote buyer and retrieve the book containing the list of 100 voters.
Also, another ICPC team at Ife North & Central Local Government Councils, Osun East Senatorial District, precisely at Polling Unit 7, Iremo Ward IV arrested one Dapo Olayode with a list containing the names of voters while an Android phone was also collected from him.
Also at Egbedore Local Government, Osun West Senatorial District, precisely in Polling Unit 003, Ward 10, Osunbukola Junction, ICPC team arrested a woman, Kamorudeen Nafisat and a man Ojuade Musbau Olaniyi for alleged vote buying.
The ICPC team collected from the duo included one Android Phone and a notebook containing a list of names of voters.
ICPC said all the suspects are being taken under caution, and investigations are still ongoing.