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Police arrest lawmaker with over $498,000 in Rivers

Dr Chinyere Igwe, lawmaker representing Federal Constituency 2 in the House of Representatives. Photo: twitter

The Rivers State Police Command has arrested a federal lawmaker, Dr Chinyere Igwe, with $498,100.

Dr Igwe, who is a member of the House of Representatives, was arrested in the early hours of Friday.

The spokesperson of the State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, said he 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 also alleged that the suspect was with a list of people for whom the monies were meant.

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

Following the arrest, the Rivers State Police Command has urged political parties and supporters to “comply strictly with provisions of the Electoral Act and other relevant laws”.

Mrs Iringe-Koko also urged the public to “avail themselves of the available hotlines to report any observation they believe have potential to lead to crime or break down of law and order”.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu; Editing by Tony Okerafor