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PVC maker, Musa caught between two elephants



The contractor in charge of manufacturing the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and card readers to be used for the elections has been dragged into the skirmishes of the two major political parties, as he has been reportedly arrested, and taken into custody by the Department of State Security (DSS).

Sani Musa, owner of the company ACT Technologies Limited, was arrested Tuesday at a private location in Abuja, but no reason was given for his arrest.

On Wednesday, the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, had called for his arrest, accusing him of being part of a plot to rig the election in favour of APC.

It was learned that his arrest by the DSS is aimed at solving some of the controversies surrounding the Smart Card Reader and make him incommunicado throughout the presidential election.

It was further gathered that the company was awarded the contract to produce 68.8 million PVCs at a unit cost of N65 per PVC.

A source at INEC revealed that the company has been fully paid for the job, but is yet to deliver fully after seven months. The Electronic Payment Mandate for the production of the PVCs were paid through two banks – an Islamic Bank, JAIZ Bank and the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) between 2013 and 2014.

All the electronic payment mandates were signed by the Secretary of INEC, Augusta Ogakwu, Hajiya Salamatu Ibrahim who is the Director of Finance and the Director of Budget, T.W. Afannga.


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