Suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa State, Hudu Yunusa Ari is in police custody, Channels Television can confirm.
Ari had courted controversy after the supplementary election in Adamawa on April 15, 2023 when he announced Aisha ‘Binani’ Dahiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the dramatic poll while collation of results was ongoing.
The situation prompted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to nullify Ari’s decision and suspended him while President Muhammad Buhari ordered full investigation on the electoral commissioner and the security personnel that were around him when he made the declaration.
INEC subsequently concluded the election and announced the incumbent governor, Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the authentic winner of the drama-filled poll.
Security agencies had also been ordered to arrest and prosecute the embattled REC whose whereabouts was unknown since the controversy started over two weeks ago.
However, a police source on Tuesday confirmed to Channels Television via telephone conversation that the embattled REC is in police custody.