EFCC’s election monitoring teams attacked in Abuja, Imo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said a team of its operatives on duty monitoring the presidential and National Assembly elections was attacked by political thugs near Chief’s palace in Bwari Area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Saturday.

A press EFCC Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, in Abuja, said rhe attack followed the arrest of a man for allegedly masterminding a well-orchestrated vote buying procedure at the polling unit situated at Science Primary School, Bwari.

“The team had arrested the suspect, said to be about 30 years old, and retrieved from him a list of beneficiaries he had already paid some money to, through an online banking app.

“It was at the point of moving the suspect away from the polling unit that the thugs attacked, smashing the windshield of the Commission’s patrol van.

“They only retreated into their hideouts after the Commission’s operative responded by releasing warning shots, before members of the Joint Task Force team comprising the Department of State Services, the Nigeria Police and others, Arrived the scene. The incident was immediately reported at the Bwari Police Station.”

Uwujaren further stated that a team of EFCC operatives on election monitoring duty at Unit 001, Mann Primary School behind Chorobim Junction was shot at  by unknown people in two black Prado SUV’s and one white Hilux  outside the polling unit, suspected to be buying votes.

He said the EFCC team responded, forcing them to flee the scene, adding that the incident was formally reported to DCP Operations, Haruna Femi at the Imo State Police Command.