The woman who was spotted in a popular video requesting money to hand out permanent voter cards (PVCs) in the state, Chinwendu Nnamani, has reportedly been detained, according to the police command in Enugu.
A woman was shown in a viral video in January demanding N1,000 from each registrant who came to pick up their PVCs.
The woman claimed in the video that she needed to pay N1,000 to offset her transportation costs and the stress of delivering the cards to a neighborhood primary school in Enugu East LGA.
A number of Nigerians responded to the video on social media, accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission of profiting off the collection of PVCs.
In response to the event, INEC stated that it will look into it and added that the woman in the video was not a regular or ad hoc employee of the commission.
Nnamani and a guy named Nkiruka Obinna, who has been identified as an INEC officer, were detained on January 31, according to a statement released on Wednesday by Enugu police spokesperson Daniel Ndukwe.
“Police detectives serving in the State CID of Enugu State Command, on January 31, 2023, arrested the female suspect, one Chinwendu Nnamani, age 41, involved in the popular social media video clip, in which she is allegedly seen selling INEC Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for the sum of one thousand naira (N1,000.00), at Emene Enugu,” a police spokesperson said.
Nkiruka Patience Obinna, a 38-year-old INEC employee, is also detained. It is claimed that she gave the first suspect the aforementioned cards so that he could distribute them to the rightful owners.
In accordance with section 22 of the electoral legislation, the pair has been charged.
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Section 22 of the Electoral Act, 2022 reads: “Any person who — (a) is in unlawful possession of any voter’s card whether issued in the name of any voter or not; or (b) sells or attempts to sell or offers to sell any voter’s card whether issued in the name of any voter or not ; or (c) buys or offers to buy any voters’ card whether on his own behalf or on behalf of any other person, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not more than N500,000 or imprisonment not more than two years or both.”
- Tijani Pepper is a news reporter at Panel News, and gistreportar. He is a passionate journalist in Politics, Sports development and investigative journalism.
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