The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Benue State has issued queries to two staff for allegedly extorting registrants in Oju Local Government Area.
The administrative secretary of INEC in Benue, Shehu Abdulwahab, in a press statement dated June 17, stated that in respect to the ongoing continuous voters registration (CVR), two of the commission’s staff were reportedly demanding money to register people.
“The attention of the commission has been drawn to reports that two of our staff in Oju Local Government Area alleged to have demanded payment of a fee before registering citizens as voters in the local government.
“The commission is deeply concerned over this development as provisions have been made for our offices across the state to ensure a hitch-free exercise at no cost to the citizens.
“As an immediate measure to arrest the ugly situation, the commission has withdrawn the two members of staff from the field, issued them queries and replaced them,” part of the statement reads.