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The Nigeria Police Force has cleared the air over the report that suspected hackers of Bimodal Voters Accreditation System machines syndicate have been arrested .
The police which faulted the media report that it’s operatives have arrested some suspects in Maitama, Abuja, with electoral materials and some BVAS machines.
The force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement sent to PLATFORM TIMES .
Adejobi confirmed that operatives of the Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Bureau while acting on a tip residents of an area in Maitama stormed the place .
Adejobi further explained that the residents told police that they suspected
suspicious activities in the areas which prompted the operatives to visit the location and searched the place
He however said that, during the search , some electoral materials were found and upon enquiring from the Independent National Electoral Commission, it had to release the suspect .
He said “operatives of the Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), acting on a tip from residents of an area in Maitama who reported suspicious activities, visited the location, interviewed the occupants, and conducted a search on the house.
” In the course of the search, some electoral materials and BVAS machines were discovered in their possession. However, the Independent National Electoral Commission, when contacted, confirmed that the occupants of the house are staff of Emperor Technology, outsourcing engineering services to the INEC, and they were immediately released to go about their lawful business.”
While urging the media to desist from unverified information, Adejobi said “the Force, while urging well-meaning members of the public to discountenance the false and misconstrued narrative being spread by some sections of the media about the arrest of these individuals and their link with BVAS manipulation, charged reporters and media houses to endeavor to do due diligence and ascertain the veracity of the information on the public space before spreading such to avoid being victims of the “breaking news syndrome.
“Furthermore, the Nigeria Police urges all and sundry to avoid the creation and spread of misinformation and disinformation which is capable of causing disaffection between the populace and state actors more so as we are at a critical and sensitive moment in our democracy.”
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