#EdoDecides: APC fingered in vote buying in Auchi, Orhiowon Despite security presence at the polling units, transactions on buying and selling of votes continued unhindered in some units monitored on Wednesday.

  • PREMIUM TIMES observed at Igueke community, in Orhiowon local government area, a crowd of young men distributing cash to influence voting in the early hours of Wednesday. Some of the voters at unit 26 and 27 in Iduenbo Ward, would first visit the distributor of the cash encircled by members of the group before going to queue for voting. In Auchi, Etsakor West local government, the practice is rampant, as cash was distributed openly to voters. Premium Times gathered that the voters first received N1000 before queuing. They got a balance of N1000 after voting for the candidate who paid the money. An observer who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday said the practice was rampant at units 7, 9 and 10 Ward 1. “As I speak to you now, they are doing it and as I talk to you, they are hearing me talking to you about,” he said. But the Social Democratic Party has lamented the use of funds to buy votes in the election. Publicity Secretary of the party, Oshiobugie Bonvist, said he had observed the buying of votes himself at different polling units. “The election is very peaceful and orderly except the buying of votes,” Mr. Bonvist said. “They are sharing N2000 each and I observe that it is the ruling APC that is doing it right now.” He noted that the election is going well and hoped that it would remain so until the end of the election.

    N600m fraud: Court slams N100m bail on ex-Chief of Naval Staff

    An Abuja High Court has slammed N100 million bail on a former Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) retired Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, for alleged N600 million fraud while in office. Justice Sadiq Umar also admitted two retired Rear Admirals Bala Mshelia and Shehu Ahmadu bail in the sum of N100 million each with two sureties each in like sum. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned the three defendants on a four-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy and purchase of house. They were docked alongside Habour Bay International Limited, a company which allegedly conspired with them. The naval chiefs allegedly bought a house worth N600 million while in office from the account of Naval Engineering Services without it being captured in the budget. The EFCC said that the documentation was done such that a private company owned by the family of Jibrin became the buyer. Umar said the two sureties must be civil servants from grade level 16, and owned landed property within the jurisdiction of the court. He said that the property must be verified by the Chief Registrar of the court. Umar further said that the defendants would also deposit their international passports with the Chief Registrar of the court. Meanwhile, they are to be remanded at the EFCC’s custody pending when the bail conditions would be met. He adjourned the case till Nov. 14 and Nov 15. Earlier, Mr Yakubu Maikyau (SAN) Mr Abimbola Kayode, Mr Olatunji Salawu and Mohammadu Duku Counsel to Jibrin, Mshelia and Ahmadu had urged the court to grant their clients bail. The prosecuting counsel Mr Faruk Abdullahi, had opposed the bail for Jibrin and Ahmadu because they would influence prosecution witnesses. He, however, did not oppose the bail application for Mshelia on health ground.

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