The Independent National Electoral Commission have said it has launched an investigation into the alleged extortion in Enugu East Local Government Area of the State during the collection of Permanent Voter Cards.
News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Head of Department of Voter Education and Publicity in the Enugu State branch of INEC, Rex Achumie, made this known on Monday while addressing newsmen.
Recall that, a video went viral on Monday showing a female INEC official extorting N1,000 each from registrants who wanted to collect their PVCs.
In the video, she claimed the N1,000 was to cover her transport fare and other stress she went through to get the cards to a primary school in a neighbourhood in the local government area.
However, Achumie has claimed that the woman in question is not a staff or ad-hoc staff of INEC, neither any of the people in the video.
He said, “INEC wants to unravel how the cards got into the hands of the unscrupulous woman in the first place.
“We are looking at getting the Electoral Officer in charge of the area to liaise with his staff to know who actually gave the woman the cards.”
Achumie also assured that INEC would get a clearer picture of the whole episode by Tuesday as well as “where and whom the woman in question is working for’’.