Nigerian immigration vows to stop foreigners from partaking in 2023 polls
The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Isa Jere, has said the service will be on high alert to identify and arrest foreigners trying to participate in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
Jere said this during an election retreat organised for NIS zonal coordinators and command comptrollers, on Wednesday, in Abuja.
He said that the service would ensure that only eligible Nigerians vote.
He said that the NIS had successfully confiscated voter and national identification cards in the hands of foreigners, who were promptly repatriated to their countries.
The Immigration boss also urged personnel to be nonpartisan, stressing that Comptrollers would be sanctioned if any personnel under their supervision is caught participating in partisan politics.
Past elections in Nigeria have been alleged to have been flooded with foreigners who were not eligible to participate in the country’s polls. For instance, foreigners were said to have been brought into Kano State in 2019 to boost the number of voters for one of the major contending parties in the governorship election.
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