The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has confirmed the arrest of Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the suspended Adamawa electoral resident commissioner (INEC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, force public relations officer in a statement on Tuesday, said the Nigeria Police Force has arrested Barr. Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the Adamawa state resident electoral commissioner (REC).
“The Nigeria Police Force hereby confirms the arrest of Barr. Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the Adamawa State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), who was alleged to have announced the candidate of the All Progressives Congress winner of the gubernatorial elections during the recently concluded supplementary elections following calls for his arrest and investigation by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the basis of alleged impropriety in the course of supplementary gubernatorial polls in the State”, the statement reads.
“Barrister Ari, who was arrested by the Police Election Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Team in Abuja on Tuesday 2nd May, 2023, is currently in Police custody and is 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.
“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 Inspector-General of Police 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 said.
The REC, Hudu Yunusa-Ari, had polarised the political atmosphere of the state by declaring Aisha ‘Binani’ Dahiru, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the election while collation of results from the rerun exercise was still ongoing.
The Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) suspended the REC and asked the inspector-general of police (IGP) to arrest and prosecute the resident electoral commissioner (REC) in Adamawa state.