Ahead preparation for the February 2015 General Election, the Nigerian Immigrations Service, Lagos State Command has arrested two Ghanaian immigrants, Abubakar Yussuf 50, and Alli Abubakar 23, for illegally acquiring Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC).
Making the revelation in Lagos on Thursday, during the meeting of ECOWAS Community in Nigeria, Comptroller of Immigration, Lagos State Command, Justina Ahmadu said the arrest was made by officers from the intelligence units of the Service across the state.
According to her, the culprits went to acquire National Identity cards at the Eti- Osa Local Government in Lagos and were caught after interrogation.
“They have already acquired the voter’s cards with a false claim that they are from Kano State. But when they told our men at the local Government that they are Nigerians from Kano State, the officers wanted to know the actual town and village they came from, but they could not provide an answer. As a result, they were arrested.”
Ahmadu added that when the suspects were put under a thorough interrogation, that they later confessed that they are Ghanaians. “It was thereafter we detained them’’,she stated.
The Comptroller advised the ECOWAS Community in Nigeria not to dabble into national issues in their host countries , especially the forthcoming elections. “You should not participate in the election because you are not Nigerians, no matter how many years you have lived here. I will not take it light with anyone that violates the Nigerian Immigration rules. So, you should sensitize your members.”
Responding, President of National Association of Ghanaian Communities in Nigeria, Mr Frank Ekow Quaye condemned the action of his fellow countrymen. He advised Ghanaians and nationals of other ECOWAS Communities to steer clear of political activities in Nigeria.