Operatives of the Nigeria Immigration service have nabbed 82 illegal immigrants after they were caught with Permanent Voter’s Cards in different parts of Lagos State.
During interrogation, some of the suspects from Niger who claim to live under bridges and shanties disclosed that they planned to make some money with the PVC’s during the re-scheduled general elections on March 28, 2015.
The culprits, according to the state Comptroller of Immigration, Mrs Justina Ahmadu, would be repatriated to their various countries with immediate effect.
New Telegraph reports that the arrest and recovery of the cards by immigration officers occurred as many Nigerians are insisting that they were yet to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
In their confession, the arrested foreigners said they pretended to be Nigerians from the North to get the cards.
One of the suspects simply identified as Mohammed, said, “I have been in Lagos for close to four years.
I came into the country in a truck conveying cows. My job in Nigeria is to supply water to the residents who do not have access to boreholes.
“Many of us have temporary voter cards. We posed as northerners because our names sound like theirs. Some of our friends said we should get the cards, that we could be given money during elections.
“We were unable to get our PVCs because we were afraid to visit the designated points due to regular visits of Immigration officers there.”
While issuing a note of warning to all foreigners residing in Lagos to desist from interfering in the general elections, Ahmadu enjoined Nigerians to endure they give timely information about any suspicious movement by foreigners.
She said, “I appeal to those employing them, to ensure they have their valid travel document the moment they employ them.
“They should make sure they procure their resident cards for them in order to qualify them to stay legally in the country.
“All foreigners residing in Lagos should also know that the forthcoming election is Nigerians’ affair and as such, they should not meddle into it.”