Dr. Chinyere Igwe, a member of the House of Representatives, was detained early on Friday morning along Ana Road in Port Harcourt after his radio and television stations were allegedly bombed by gunmen a few days earlier.
The police provided the total amount as 498,100 USD along with a list of recipients when they confirmed Igwe’s arrest.
At Ozuoba, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, the Atlantic Television Network and Wish FM 99.5, all of which are housed in the same building, were assaulted with explosives, resulting in the destruction of numerous properties.
Igwe was apprehended by agents sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission office along Aba Road, according to the State Police Command’s Grace Iringe-Koko.
Iringe-Koko reported that the lawmaker will be promptly questioned and charged after being arrested by AIG Abutu Yaro, the assistant inspector general of police sent to the state for the elections.
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Igwe, who sits in the green chamber of the National Assembly and represents Port Harcourt Federal Constituency 2, is an ardent supporter of Atiku Abubakar, the front-runner of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Police Officers from Rivers State Command deployed to INEC Headquarters Aba Road today, 24/2/2023 at about 0245hrs, while on stop and search, arrested one Hon Chinyere Igwe, member of the House of Representatives representing Port Harcourt II Federal Constituency, with a cash sum of $498,100 USD inside a bag in his car,” read the police statement.
A list for distributing the funds was also found. AIG Abutu Yaro, the Assistant Inspector General of Police for Elections, has mandated an immediate investigation and court arraignment.
The Election Act and other applicable rules must be carefully followed, the Command advises all candidates and political parties.
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Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, urged citizens and members to use the hotlines provided by the police to report suspicious activity and circumstances that could compromise security.
According to her, “the public is encouraged to use the existing hotlines to report any observation they believe has the potential to result in crime or a breakdown of law and order.”
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