The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has revealed that the Nigerian police have started arresting Nigerians found to be in the illegal possession of voters card.
Making this disclosure in a statement released on Sunday, the commission detailed that it has successfully secured the prosecution of one Nasiru Idris a resident of Sokoto who was found with 101 PVCs.
“In the last couple of weeks, the Nigerian police has arrested some individuals found to be in illegal possession of voters’ cards in some states of the Federation. In one case, the police has concluded investigation and handed over the case file to the commission, resulting to the successful prosecution of one Nasiru Idris at a Magistrate Court in Sokoto who was found to be in possession of 101 PVCs in the contravention of section 117 and 145 of the Electoral Act 2002. He has been sentenced to a year in prison,” the statement signed by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman information and voters education committee.
The change comes as the nation prepares for the general election that will take place in 2023. Concerns have been raised about people possessing voter cards illegally, and there have also been allegations of underaged voters in large numbers on the voter registration list.