The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has alerted the public of the existence of identity cards for security personnel bearing the name and logo of the Commission, warning that any such cards are fake and that anyone with such should be reported to the security agencies.
A statement by Barr. Fesus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, titled “Fake Identity Card for Security Personnel on Duty” said that the identity card has the inscription “Complete Access” boldly written in red at the bottom of it.
According to him, the identity card could not have emanated from the Commission as “identity cards for security personnel on election duty were issued by the security agencies and not the Commission.”
He insisted that “anyone bearing an identity card allegedly issued by the Commission for security personnel can only be on illegal duty. Such a person is liable to arrest and prosecution.”
Okoye said that the members of the public were being “alerted to this diabolical action of some misdirected elements and to report any such persons to the security agencies.”
The INEC alert follows the reported arrest of a 53-year-old woman who was allegedly found in possession of laminated electoral materials at the Baruwa, Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos.
The issue had first been brought to public knowledge via a video that went viral online where the woman was found in a Business Center, apparently producing the identity cards.
Questioned by the man who was video recording the encounter, the woman had named a serving Senator from the South East geo-political zone as the person for who the materials were being made.
Confirming the arrest of the woman on Friday, Lagos Police Spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin had stated that she was arrested with 550 different INEC materials and that the case had been transferred to the State CID Yaba for further investigation.