The Nigerian Police Force has made a significant breakthrough in the fight against electoral fraud by apprehending Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner of Adamawa State.
The suspended REC was arrested in Abuja on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, and is currently in police custody.
According to a statement released by the Force spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, the arrest was carried out by the Police Election Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Team in Abuja.
The statement further revealed that the police are interrogating the suspended REC to ascertain the motives and motivations behind his alleged improper actions during the supplementary elections in Adamawa State.
Muyiwa said, “Barrister Ari, who was arrested by the Police Election Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Team in Abuja on Tuesday 2nd May, 2023, is currently in Police custody and is being grilled to ascertain the motives and motivations behind his alleged improper actions during the supplementary elections in Adamawa State.
“In addition, other officials and individuals culpable in the saga are being interrogated by the team.
“The Inspector-General of Police has given clear assurance that every individual involved/indicted in the matter will be apprehended and investigated in line with the provisions of the law for possible prosecution.
“The Inspector-General of Police has assured of the commitment of the Force to ensuring that justice is served in this case and that all guilty parties are brought to justice.”
Recall that the Adamawa supplementary elections which held on April 15, 2023, had been marred by irregularities, leading to the suspension of the REC by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Before the collation of results was completed, the suspended REC unlawfully announced Aisha Dahiru Binani, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, as the winner of the supplementary election.
The commission had accused Yunusa-Ari of compromise and gross misconduct, which had compromised the integrity of the electoral process.