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Police begin dispatch of intelligence teams to monitor vote-buying nationwide


The Nigeria Police on Thursday, February 14, said it has dispatched a team of intelligence operatives to monitor vote-buying and selling across the country.
Addressing residents and officers of the command at the police headquarters in Ovom, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, the deputy inspector general of police in charge of elections in the south-south, Frederick Lakanu, said the team would monitor vote buying across Nigeria.
Lakanu said: "Our intelligence team has been dispatched to all sections of the country, including Bayelsa State, to monitor vote-buying and selling, we have done our analysis, we have ideas of where problems could emanate from and we are out to arrest the situation.
“Elections will be credible, peaceful, free and fair, we are going to be extremely professional, but we know we cannot provide security alone, we need the support of stakeholders and the people to ensure that the election is peaceful.”
The vehicle was reported to be conveying non-sensitive election materials to one of the LGAs in the state.
The state INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Nentawe Yilwatda, said as at the time of the attack, the vehicle was carrying non-sensitive materials to Logo area of the state.

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