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Some of the detectives from the Department of Security Service, DSS, Port Harcourt branch have detained a guard attached to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers State for selling some of their sensitive materials.
INEC had also made confirmations that the guard arrested is attached to its Eligbolo Registration Centre in Obio/Akpor area office on allegation of extortion of money from members of the public.
In a press statement by signed by Geraldine Ekelemu,Public Affairs officer for Mr. Obong Effanga, the Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, said, “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers State can confirm that one of its security guards attached to its Obio/Akpor area office at Eligbolo Registration Centre has been arrested by agents of the Department of State Security on allegation of extortion of money from members of the public”.
INEC in the report had further claimed that it has a zero tolerance to acts of extortion by its staff and would ensure that the security agencies investigate this and any other allegations of illegality by its officials to ensure that every infraction is redressed and punished.
The statement had however advised some members of the public to avoid some of the acts of desperation that could render them vulnerable to fraudsters who are taking advantage of them.
They had also encouraged members of the public to try to report attempts at extortion to INEC or the security agencies.
INEC had further stated that all its offices in Rivers State are open and attending to potential registrants while registration is also ongoing in designated locations in some wards on a rotational basis.