Police arrest suspended Adamawa REC Yunusa-Ari


The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has arrested Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the suspended resident electoral commissioner, over his conduct during the governorship election in Adamawa state.


Muyiwa Adejobi, force spokesperson, in a statement on Tuesday, said Yunusa-Ari is being grilled by the police.


“Barrister Ari, who was arrested by the Police Election Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Team in Abuja on Tuesday 2nd May, 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,” the statement reads.


“In addition, other officials and individuals culpable in the saga are being interrogated by the team.


 “The inspector-general of police 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.


“The inspector-general of police has assured the public of the commitment of the force to ensure that justice is served in this case and that all guilty parties are brought to justice.”



On April 16, Yunusa-Ari caused controversy by declaring Aisha Binani Dahiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election — when the collation of the results was yet to be completed.


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the announcement null and void and summoned the REC to its headquarters in Abuja.


Subsequently, the electoral umpire wrote to the police to prosecute Yunusa-Ari over the electoral infraction.


On April 20, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the suspension of the Adamawa REC pending the completion of the investigation by the police.


Recently, an investigation panel set up on the incident invited the suspended REC.


Earlier on Tuesday, Yunusa-Ari said he does not regret announcing Binani as the winner of the election, adding that he wasn’t offered money to make the announcement.

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  1. Arrested or he voluntarily submitted himself?

  2. Uhmm ask them pls. Besides God's willing he will come out clean and thermal culprits would be put to shame. Get popular opinion from adamawa people wether they expect the incumbent to win again.

  3. Real culprits not thermal


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