The Police in Rivers on Friday said they have apprehended a member of House of Representatives and loyalist of PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Chinyere Igwe with about $500,000.
He was allegedly caught during a stop- and-search operation.
Igwe, representing Port Harcourt II Federal Constituency 2 in the National Assembly, was arrested along Port Harcourt/Aba Road about 2.45am on Friday.
According to the spokesperson for the Police Command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, the sum of $498,100 concealed in a bag was found in his car.
She added that a list of how the money was to be distributed was also recovered.
“Also recovered was a list for distribution of the money. The AIG Election, AIG Abutu Yaro has ordered his swift interrogation and arraignment in court.
“The Command urges all contestants and political parties to comply strictly with provisions of the Electoral Act and other relevant laws.
“Members of the public are encouraged to avail themselves of the following hotlines to report any observation they believe have potential to lead to crime or break down of law and order: 08032003514, 08098880134,” she said.
The video of the arrest of the lawmaker and his interrogation over alleged plan to bribe INEC officials, security operatives and buy votes for Atiku in Rivers State with the intercepted money had gone viral early Friday.