The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced that a Sokoto resident, Nasiru Idris, who was arrested for being in possession of 101 permanent voter cards (PVCs), has been sentenced to one year in prison.
INEC’s spokesperson, Festus Okoye said Idris was apprehended on October 10 following an intelligence report.
The statement read;
“In the last couple of weeks, the police have arrested some individuals found to be in illegal possession of voter cards in some states.
“In one case, the police concluded the investigation and handed over the case file to the commission resulting in the successful prosecution of one Nasiru Idris at a Magistrate Court in Sokoto who was found to be in possession 101 PVCs in contravention of Sections 117 and 145 of the Electoral Act 2002. He has been sentenced to a year in prison.
“Similarly, the police in Kano state have arrested a man who was found to be in possession of 367 PVCs. The suspect has been charged to court and the commission is pursuing his prosecution.”