The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has seized 191 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from foreigners in Sokoto, Jigawa and Zamfara states, as part of efforts to ensure that non-Nigerians do not participate in the general elections, a statement by the agency said.
According to the statement issued by Chukwuemeka Obua, the Public Relations Officer of NIS, in Abuja yesterday, the service also recovered 57 Temporary Voter Cards (TVCs), 367 old national identity cards and 11 old TVC slips from the foreigners. 68 new national identity cards, 10 birth certificates and three NIS registration certificates were also recovered.
Obua stated that NIS personnel also seized six Gada Local Government Community Tax Cards from foreigners and two driver’s licences belonging to Nigerians.
Other items found in the possession of foreigners include one Nigerian Army Identity Card for occupants in the barracks, one primary school certificate and one data page of the Nigeria Passport.
NIS stated that the development was part of the ongoing nationwide mop-up operation against irregular migrants across the country ahead of the forthcoming general elections.