The Bauchi State Office of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has apprehended one Hassan Ahmad for being in possession of N2 million cash just hours before the presidential election.
The suspect was caught with the money in both old and new currencies at a time when the country is facing a cash crunch, News About Nigeria reports.
The arrest was made by troops of the 33 Artillery Brigade Operation Safe Conduct deployed to Alkaleri in Bauchi State, who handed over the suspect to the Bauchi State Office of the anti-graft agency.
According to the ICPC spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua, the suspect had N900,000 in new naira notes and N1.1 million in old naira notes, packed in a “Ghana Must Go” bag, and was being conveyed in a tinted black Hilux vehicle with registration number JMA 85 AZ.
The suspect has reportedly confessed that the funds were being moved to Gombe State for a politician. This arrest has raised concerns over corruption in the upcoming election, as many politicians are known to use cash to influence voters.
This arrest highlights the importance of the ICPC in maintaining the integrity of Nigeria’s democratic processes. Corruption undermines the credibility of the electoral process, and it is the duty of the ICPC to ensure that this does not happen. The agency has promised to conduct further investigations into the matter to uncover the identity of the politician involved and bring them to justice.
The Nigerian government has been making efforts to combat corruption in recent years, and the ICPC has been at the forefront of this fight. The agency has been tasked with investigating and prosecuting corrupt practices, and has made significant progress in recent times. However, more needs to be done to stamp out corruption completely.