Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have arrested a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission over alleged extortion in Rivers State.
On Tuesday INEC confirmed the arrest via a statement issued by its Public Affairs Officer in the state, Geraldine Ekelemu.
According to the reports, the staff – a security guard – was arrested for allegedly extorting unsuspecting members of the public.
Ekelemu chides residents to avoid unnecessary desperation that would make them victims of criminals, adding that the commission “has zero-tolerance for acts of extortion and would ensure that security agencies investigate the allegation of illegality by its officials to ensure that every infraction is redressed and punished.”
INEC said that its offices in Rivers State are open and attending to potential registrants while registration is also ongoing in designated locations in some wards on a rotational basis.
It noted that apart from the ongoing voter registration exercise, distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) for those who sought transfers, who have lost their cards in Rivers State has also commenced.
Meanwhile, INEC announced earlier that those who are just registering for the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) won’t get their cards immediately.