NIS Seizes Over 6,000 PVCs & National ID Cards From Foreign Nationals
Immigrants who attempt to cast ballots in Nigerian elections risk harsh penalties.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
The Nigeria Immigration Service reports that over 6,000 voter and national identity cards have been seized in 21 border states.
At a retreat for the service’s senior management officers on February 8, 2023, in Abuja, Controller General of the NIS Isa Jere announced this.
He stated that in violation of the Economic Community of West African States’ free movement protocol, 3,823 identification cards and 2,393 voter registration cards possessed illegally by migrants had been seized and confiscated, and the offenders had been apprehended and sent to their home countries.
The areas where the documents were intercepted were listed as Nasarawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Kogi, Yobe, Kwara, Taraba, Plateau, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Zamfara, Jigawa, Edo, Bauchi, Niger, and three more states.
Jere forewarned that immigrants who attempted to cast ballots in the nation’s elections would face severe penalties.
He advised everyone involved in immigration to utilize the impending 2023 elections as an opportunity to demonstrate how effectively they control the border and gather data.
Anyone found doing their work improperly will be labeled as a saboteur and punished, he claimed.
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