Written by Williams ABAH

NIS arrests illegal migrants with PVCs in Abuja

The Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, last week stormed and arrested suspected illegal migrants who reside in Mararaba, New Nyanya, and Masaka, one of the gateways to the Federal Capital Territory. 

Interrogating the suspects, they confessed to have evaded the normal processed that would have guaranteed their stay in Nigeria legally.

Some of them were found with national identity card, and Permanent Voter's Card. 

When asked by the operatives, why they are in possession of Nigeria voters card, and they are not a citizen of Nigeria, they said, they were registered by INEC in Kano, adding that they do vote at every elections for the candidates of their choice. 

Majority of the people arrested, were from Niger, and Chad, who are water vendor, popularly known as "Mai-Ruwa". 

One of the operatives, who did not want his name in print, disclosed that they were in the area sequel to the intelligence gathered over the week that there are influx of illegal migrants from Niger, residing in Nasarawa, Niger, and Abuja, ahead of the general elections, in order to perfect their stay in the area to enable them participate in the forthcoming elections.

They added that the raid will continue across the country, as efforts have been intensified by Nigeria Immigration Service, to flush out illegal migrants before the election. 

Further investigation also revealed that the migrants are being smuggled into the country, not just to vote, but to cause violence during and after the election.

It was gathered that some of the immigration operatives at the boarders in the northern region were not given independent power to carry out their legitimate duty as the powerful politicians influence all they do at the boarders. 

The arrested migrants who spoke in Hausa, pleaded with the operatives to pardon them, and help them back into their countries. As at the time of filing in this report, they were still with the operatives.


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