The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of Hon Chinyere Igwe, member representing Port Harcourt II Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives for alleged vote buying.
In a statement, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Grace Iringe Koko, confirmed that the lawmaker who is seeking reelection was nabbed with a cash sum of $498,100.
Also recovered, according to the police, was a list for distribution of the money.
Igwe, is a supporter of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,
She said the AIG in charge of election in the state, Abutu Yaro, has ordered swift interrogation and prosecution of the lawmaker.
The police also encouraged members of the pubic to give vital information to the police.
Vote buying has been a major challenge in Nigeria’s elections. Anti-graft agencies have vowed to crack down on politicians seeking to induce voters during the 2023 elections.