Critical Times News : Vote buyers, sellers to spend 12 years in prison — EFCC warns

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Vote buyers, sellers to spend 12 years in prison — EFCC warns

With less than 72 hours to the gubernatorial and state assembly elections, the new Head of the Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mailafia Yakubu, has warned political parties against vote buying during the elections.

Mailafia made this known during a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat in Kaduna on Thursday and called on journalists in the state to help in the fight against corruption.

According to him, “Vote buying is a big crime that attracts 12 years imprisonment or an option of fine of N500,000.”

The new Head disclosed that the Commission has a way of tracking down vote sellers and buyers, but will not disclose such strategy for security reasons.

Mailafia commended the media for making EFCC a success story in the state.

“I am a friend to all in order to make my work a success. The election is here and we will like to tell members of the public that vote buying is a big crime,” he said.

“We all owe the state and the country a duty to expose the culprits.

“Offenders of vote buying, if eventually found guilty, he or she will spend 12 years in prison or an option of N500,000 fine.

“We are ever ready to partner with journalists and the NUJ in general in the fight against corruption, as well as the fight against vote buying in this election period.”

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