Nigerian immigration officers warn foreigners against voting

A man on crutches casts his vote at a polling unit at the start of voting in Apapa district in Lagos March 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kunle Ajayi

The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Lagos State Command, Ekpedeme King, on Tuesday warned immigrants in the state not to vote in the 2019 general elections.

King, who said this during a meeting with different associations of ECOWAS citizens in Lagos, urged the leaders to warn their people not to participate in the elections.

King said the warning became necessary because Permanent Voter Cards were retrieved from some of the immigrants.

He said, “The CG, Muhammad Babandede, has directed us to get across to you that migrants that are not Nigerians should not participate in the electoral process and today’s meeting is to interact with you to pass this information to your compatriots that they must not participate in the electoral process.

“They must not allow themselves to be used to vote either by inducement or any other form. And they should not allow themselves to be used as political thugs. They must keep away from the process.”

King also urged NIS officials in various local government areas to conduct themselves in a good manner during the election period.

The CG, who ordered officers to educate the immigrants in the local area they are supervising, said they should also be on the lookout for PVCs among the immigrants.

He said, “We had to be reminded that we are to conduct ourselves very well before, during and after the election. You as representatives of the immigration service in the local government in the state have a very big duty to perform.”