Why it’s difficult to arrest, prosecute vote buyers – ICPC

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Why it’s difficult to arrest, prosecute vote buyers – ICPC

By Harrison Arubu

Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), says checking vote buying is a daunting task due to the large number of people involved in the act.

Owasanoye stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in New York.

According to him, vote buying is so rampant and widespread in the country that it is difficult to arrest and prosecute offenders.

Besides, attempts to arrest vote buyers at polling units usually lead to clashes between armed thugs and security agents that endanger the lives of voters.

He suggested that more attention should rather be given to prevention through deployment of technologies and improvement in the country’s voting infrastructure.

“When something is rampant like this, you can hardly eradicate it by enforcement measures alone.

“Take for example a situation where a whole a…



Source: News Agency of Nigeria