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Over 6,000 PVCs, national ID cards seized

Over 6,000 national identity and voter cards have been seized from migrants in about 21 Border States of the country according to NIS boss, Isa Jere.

The statement came at a retreat for top management staff of the service, where the CG NIS said around 3,823 identity cards and 2,393 voter cards unlawfully possessed by migrants were intercepted and confiscated.

Some of the border states where the seizure took place are; Nasarawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Kogi, Yobe, Kwara, Taraba, Plateau, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Zamfara, Jigawa, Edo, Bauchi, Niger, and three other states.

Jere disclosed that the cards were seized from an ongoing operation to ensure that migrants from neighbouring countries did not participate in the forthcoming elections.

The culprits have since been arrested and repatriated to their countries in line with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol on free movement.

The Nigeria Immigration Service Boss added that the 2022 electoral act plus the 1999 constitution has placed a legal burden on all stakeholders in the electoral process as stiff sanctions would be meted out to any migrant who attempts to participate in the nation’s electoral process.

Writing by Juliet Onwurah, Editing by Tersoo Nicholas