To combat vote-buying ahead of Saturday’s general elections, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, or EFCC, has sent agents to each of the 36 states in the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
The anti-graft organization has also made incident reporting hotlines available for the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT in addition to the teams already stationed all over the nation.
The move was made in an effort to ensure the integrity of the February 25, 2023, Presidential and National Assembly elections, according to Wilson Uwujaren, head of media and publicity for the EFCC, who made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.
Uwujaren said executive chairman of the Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, charged the operatives to be conscious of the interest of the nation and to exhibit a high sense of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
“You are out on a national assignment and I expect you to conduct yourselves responsibly in line with our core values of professionalism, integrity and courage. You have a responsibility to ensure that this election is devoid of financial malpractices, especially inducement of voters. The attention of the world is focused on Nigeria and we must do what is necessary to ensure that we have credible, free and fair elections”.
Additionally, the Commission urged the public to use these hotlines to report any instances of vote buying, vote selling, or other proof of financial misconduct intended to tamper with the outcome of an election.
The EFCC financial crimes reporting app, Eagle Eye, which is available for download on the Google Play or Apple store, allows members of the public to report anyone attempting to buy or sell votes.
Additionally, the public can contact the Commission by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our social media account, @officialefcc.