ENUGU: Police Arrests, Arraigns 2 Women Over Extorting Money For PVCs


The Enugu State Police Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says it has arrested and charged to court a woman in a trending video allegedly extorting money before issuing registrants their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs), barely two weeks to the commencement of voting in the 2023 General Elections.

Similarly, the woman’s accomplice, another woman, who is said to be a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and allegedly supplied the PVCs for sale to their owners, was also reportedly arrested and charged to court, which has since granted the duo bail.

In a statement, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Enugu State Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police Daniel Ndukwe, on Thursday in Enugu, South-East Nigeria, said: “Police detectives serving in the State Criminal Investigation Department of Enugu State Command on Jan. 31, 2023, arrested a female suspect, one Chinwendu Nnamani, 41.

“Nnamani was involved in the viral social media video clip in which she is seen and alleged to be selling INEC Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) at the sum of One Thousand Naira, at a Primary School in Emene, Enugu.

“Also arrested is one Nkiruka Patience Obinna, 38, identified as an INEC staff and alleged to have given the said PVCs to the first suspect for distribution to the actual owners.

“Investigation has been concluded, the case charged to court in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022, and the suspects arraigned accordingly.”

The suspects, according to Ndukwe, were granted bail and the case adjourned to February 15, 2023, for further hearing.

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