#2023Decides: True! A Lawmaker of PDP was arrested in Rivers State For Possession of 498,100 USD, allegedly for Vote buying

Prudence Emudianughe

Claim

A lawmaker in the House of Representatives, Rivers State,  Dr. Chinyere Igwe, has been arrested with 498,100 USD in his possession. 

Verdict

True! A lawmaker in the House of Representatives, Rivers State,  Dr. Chinyere Igwe, has been arrested with 498,100 USD in his possession. Igwe, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who represents Port Harcourt Federal Constituency 2, in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, was arrested on Friday morning along Aba Road in Port Harcourt. 

Full Text 

On the early hours of Friday, 24th 2023, also a few days after his Television and Radio Stations, Atlantic Television Network and Wish FM 99.5 located in the same building in Ozuoba, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State were attacked with dynamites, with many properties destroyed, Dr Chinyere Igwe, a member of the House of Representatives has been arrested with a bundle of dollars, along Aba Road, Port Harcourt.

Verification 

The State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, said Igwe was nabbed during a stop and search operation by operatives deployed to the Independent National Electoral Commission office along Aba Road in Port Harcourt.

The police, while confirming Igwe’s arrest, gave the total sum as 498,100 USD, along with a list showing the arrangement for distribution.

Following his arrest, Iringe-Koko said the Assistant Inspector General of Police deployed to the state for elections, AIG Abutu Yaro, has ordered swift interrogation and arraignment of the lawmaker.

The police statement read, “Police Officers from Rivers State Command deployed to INEC Headquarters Aba Road today 24/2/2023 at about 0245hrs, while on stop and search, arrested one Hon Chinyere Igwe, member House of Representatives representing Port Harcourt II Federal Constituency with a cash sum of $498,100 USD inside a bag in his car.

Conclusion 

FactCheckElections can conclude that the claim that a lawmaker in the House of Representatives, of Rivers State, Dr. Chinyere Igwe, has been arrested with 498,100 USD in his possession is TRUE.

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