Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the embattled and suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Adamawa State has been arrested.
Yunusa-Ari who was declared wanted after he declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Aishatu Binani, the winner of Adamawa governorship election before the conclusion of collation of results of the supplementary polls conducted across the state.
Police confirmed the arrest Yunusa-Ari in statement in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Tuesday,
He added that the suspended REC was arrested by the Police Election Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Team in Abuja on Tuesday and is now in Police custody
He added that the embattled REC is being grilled to ascertain the motives and motivations behind his alleged improper actions during the supplementary elections in Adamawa State.
The Police spokesperson added that other officials and individuals linked to the improper conduct of Yunusa Ari are also being grilled by the police investigators.
The Police spokesperson in a statement said: “The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) 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.
“Barrister Ari, who was arrested by the Police Election Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Team in Abuja on Tuesday May 2 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”.
Adejibi said the IGP 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.
He assured of the commitment of the Force to ensuring that justice is served in the case and that all guilty parties are brought to justice.