Adamawa REC arrested, grilled by Police

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The Nigeria Police Force has confirmed the arrest of Barrister Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the Adamawa State REC, who was alleged to have announced the candidate of the All Progressives Congress winner of the gubernatorial election during the recently concluded supplementary elections.

This follows calls for his arrest and investigation by the INEC on the basis of alleged impropriety in the course of supplementary gubernatorial polls in the state,” said the Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, confirming the arrest of Yunusa-Ari and other suspects on Tuesday at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

Governor of Adamawa state, Ahmadu Fintiri

“Barrister Yunusa-Ari, who was arrested by the Police Election Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Team in Abuja on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, is currently in police custody and he’s being grilled to ascertain the motives and motivations behind his alleged improper actions during the supplementary elections in Adamawa State.

In addition, other officials and individuals culpable in the saga are being interrogated by the team,” Adejobi added.

“The Inspector-General of Police has given clear assurance that every individual involved/indicted in the matter will be apprehended and investigated in line with the provisions of the law for possible prosecution. The IG has assured of the commitment of the Force to ensuring that justice is served in this case and that all guilty parties are brought to justice,” he continued.

Yunusa-Ari was suspended after he declared Aisha Dahiru, also known as Binani, the All Progressives Congress candidate, as the winner of the governorship election in Adamawa State, even when the collation of results was still ongoing. The Independent National Electoral Commission nullified his announcement and summoned him to its headquarters in Abuja, but he failed to appear.

The electoral commission subsequently wrote to the Inspector-General of Police, requesting an investigation into Yunusa-Ari’s alleged electoral infractions.

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