An outdoor advertisement executive was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a political advertisement about the 2023 elections.
The name and logo of the commission were displayed on two billboards in Enugu State. The messages on the boards at the intersections of Otigba and Zik Avenues threatened some politicians in the general election.
“2023: Enugu PDP Learn From 2007 Election…,” one of the messages reads. EFCC AND KOBOKO ARE WORKING ON CORRUPT CANDIDATES.”
The spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said operatives arrested Baron Nnamdi, the alleged designer, printer, and owner of the billboards, in a statement on Sunday.
Nnamdi claimed he was hired by a media aide to a former deputy governor of Enugu who is running for governor.
The suspect claimed he was paid N160,000 for the one-week campaign and that his aide provided the messages, EFCC logo, and photos.
“The commission went to both sites and took the offensive advertisement down,” Uwajaren said.
The statement warned politicians not to break the rules or drag the EFCC “into the political fray.”
It reiterated apart from issues of economic and financial crimes which fall within its purview, the Commission has no role in the political process and should not be distracted.
It stated further that it will not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law to bear on errant politicians who continue to impersonate the Commission and its operatives.