The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) announced that it would forbid the use of foreign voters from nearby nations in the election the following year.
The promise was made by the Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI), Isah Idris, during a meeting with senior Service management, Zonal Coordinators, and Comptrollers of Commands/Formations the operational briefing was presented as part of the preparations for the upcoming general elections in 2023 on Thursday at the Service Headquarters in Abuja.
The CGI charged Heads of Commands and Formations across the country to step up surveillance operations in all locations, including Border Crossing Points, to ensure successful elections, according to a press release from the NIS’s spokesman, Amos Okpu. The CGI also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to a free and fair electoral process for the 2023 general elections.
To ensure that ineligible people, particularly migrants, are not permitted to participate in the country’s electoral process, he directed the activation and deployment of all the service’s migration management and border security resources.
In order to achieve this, the CGI issued the following directive: “To this end, I hereby direct that regular meetings with all immigrant communities in the nation be intensified in order to sensitize them on the need for them to refrain from taking part in the national electoral process for the 2023 general elections.
“Divisional Immigration Officers (DIOs) across the 774 Local Councils in the country have been directed to deepen surveillance and engagements with the migrant communities in their areas,” to ensure that no immigrant participates in the elections.
He revealed that the Service recently intercepted and confiscated some voter cards from particular migrants, and he issued a warning that any immigrant attempting to take part in the country’s electoral process would face severe penalties.
Idris stated, “As Para-military Officers, we are prohibited from political partisanship before, during, and after the elections. This is in accordance with the Service’s ethical duty and commitment to maintain political neutrality in the discharge of statutory duties. Therefore, the Service is taking advantage of the chance to educate its Personnel about the importance of remaining apolitical before, during, and after the elections while serving as a member of the Service through their respective Comptrollers.
He warned that any infractions or unprofessional conduct before, during, or after the elections will result in severe sanctions and urged all staff to be aware of their responsibilities.
The CGI also urged all agencies to engage in positive and patriotic activities, emphasizing the importance of working collaboratively with stakeholders to fulfill their obligations to build the Nigeria of our collective dreams.
According to reports, the CGI accompanied senior management to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Nigeria Immigration Service’s Multipurpose Cooperative Society’s (NIMCOS) Head Office at NIS Headquarters in Abuja, where he allegedly gave the association’s executive a challenge to uphold the association’s ideals of enhancing the welfare of officers and men in line with the welfare thrust of his administration.
The building will eventually house the Cooperative Society’s executive division.