The INEC resident commissioner in Taraba State, Alhaji Ahmed Makama confirmed that an Electoral Officer in Ibbi local government area of Taraba state is being held at the police station headquarters in Jalingo for allegedly collecting N20m bribe from a politician in the area so as to manipulate results.
The Electoral Officer who was responsible for the Saturday presidential and National Assembly elections was manhandled by angry youths of the area for collecting bribe from a politician in Ibbi local government to change the result of the state house of representatives elections within the area.
According to reports, the elections in Nwonyo 11 ward of Ibbi local government area was suspended by INEC as a result of the crisis that broke out between youths of the area and the Electoral officer on Saturday.
Alhaji Makama said the affected Electoral officer has been replaced by a Head of Department of the commission to conduct the elections.
Makama said “Yes the Electoral Officer in Ibbi was allegedly arrested over collection of money from a politician and he is under police custody. I informed the national chairman and he asked me not to secure his bail and I am not going to do that until the police concludes the investigation,”