The Police Command in Enugu State says it has arrested the woman in a trending video allegedly extorting money before issuing voter cards to their owners.
This is contained in a statement by the command Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, on Thursday in Enugu.
“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,” he said.
The police spokesman further said that the suspects were granted bail and the case adjourned to Feb.15 for further hearing.
In the viral video, the woman, who was holding a bag containing PVCs, was seen charging one thousand naira, claiming it was the expense of a particular individual presumed to be an INEC officer bringing the cards to their supposed ward.
She was heard saying in Igbo that, “If you don’t want to pay, you can go to your local government headquarters. You will pay the transport fare.”
Those at the scene protested against paying the money, saying, “This is a bad impression. This kind of thing cannot happen in the North. It is not good. After we blame [President] Buhari.”
And another voice in the video said: “You can’t be collecting N1,000 to give people their PVCs. This is very bad. You are on video, and I will market you. It is meant to be free.”
The woman then carried her suitcase and exited the scene, denouncing the people who refused to pay thus: “God punish you, may you go insane.”
WATCH THE VIRAL VIDEO HERE…