The Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party Campaign Council in Benue State, Cletus Tyokyar, has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
According to reports available to NIGERIACRIME, the anti-graft agency picked up the PDP chieftain after they found some money in his possession in the early hours of Saturday.
The development was confirmed by the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who is also a member of the PDP.
The governor, who spoke to journalists after casting his vote at his polling unit R16 within the premises of Government Science and Technical College, Gbanjimba, headquarters of the Guma local government area, briefed newsmen that the party DG campaign was arrested within the local government.
According to Ortom, the arrest by the EFCC was an act of witch-hunting, targeted at destabilising the state as what was found on him was a pantry sum of N100,000.
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Ortom said, “This is a shame, the EFCC officials this morning in Guma here arrested our DG campaign because they found just N100,000 on him.
“EFCC is becoming an agent of destabilisation. Why should they pick somebody because of N100,000? Personally, I have more than that.”
Ortom lamented that the whole council ward had to be transferred to polling units in the area as a result of insecurity in other areas of the state.
No fewer than 17 polling units were within the premises of the college.
The governor commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for the conduct of the election and the massive turnout in the state.
When contacted, the spokesman for the EFCC in the state, Bayo Adeniran, said the case was under investigation.
“The case is under investigation please,” he said in a text message.