Owner of ACT Technologies Ltd, Sani Musa, the company that manufactured the Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, to be used for the 2015 general elections, has been arrested by the Department of State Security, DSS, Aproko247 has learnt.
Musa was picked up by the secret police in Abuja.
ACT Technologies produced the PVCs for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the 2015 polls.
On Wednesday, Femi Fani-Kayode had alleged that Musa is a strong supporter of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the March 28 election, and questioned the reason the electoral umpire would contract such job to the company.
“Our concerns stem from the fact that the moving spirit and a major shareholder and board member of the company that supplied the card reader system and machines to INEC is not only a friend of but also an ardent and keen supporter of General Mohammadu Buhari and the APC. That man’s name is Sani Musa and he is indeed the main force behind the company. The company’s name is Act Technologies Ltd. and the Chairman of the company is one Engineer SK Danladi.
“How and why INEC would give the contract to supply the card readers to a fanatical APC supporter and to a man whose other company was officially blacklisted by INEC a couple of years ago for sharp practices, needs to be explained. Sani Musa has expressed his undying support for the APC and General Buhari and his hatred and virulent opposition to the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan openly and publicly on his Facebook wall,” Fani-Kayode had alleged.
But the APC raised an alarm that Musa was being tortured by the DSS to give out the security codes of the PVCs.
“This is very alarming development for a lot of reasons. ACT Technologies is a reputable, well established, Nigerian company based in Abuja. Between 2013 and 2014, INEC paid the company the sum of N2.6 billion to manufacture the PVCs with very high security specifications.
“Among the security specifications is a robust encryption system that could not be easily broken. Now the DSS wants the security codes to the PVCs encryption system! The entire forthcoming general elections are under threat if the DSS were to obtain these security codes,” APC alleged.