- The Ohanaeze Ndigbo group has alerted the federal government that foreigners usually infiltrate the nation’s voters’ register
- The group said that these foreigners “cross Nigeria’s porous borders and register to vote, while some of them even contest elections in Nigeria”
- It also lamented over the increasing spate of extortions by security agents in the south-east and south-south
The federal government has been alerted by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo group, that foreigners have a record of infiltrating the nation’s voters’ register and compromising elections in Nigeria; as they do during census exercises.
The alert was issued by the spokesman of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Chuks Ibegbu, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Ibegbu pointed out that these foreigners “cross Nigeria’s porous borders and register to vote, while some of them even contest elections in Nigeria, especially in the North.”
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate and de-list such foreign elements from the voters list and also address the issue of under-aged voters in the North. He further commended the electoral body for taking measures to ensure free and fair elections in the country, and warned politicians to abide by the rules.
Ibegbu also lamented over the increasing spate of extortions by security agents in the south-east and south-south; stating that “every police man now wants to be sent to the East to go and extort money from innocent citizens.”
He warned these corrupt security agents to “stop the nefarious acts in their own interest” and also urged people to stop bribing them.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission said it had discovered 299 names of aliens in its voter register.
Chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made this known at a consultative meeting of the commission with security agencies in Abuja.
Yakubu said that the foreigners were discovered through information made available by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).
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