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Over 700 voter cards from non-Nigerians retrieved, reports Nigeria Immigration Service

abuja Last Updated at 08-12-2018 21:41:17 IST Nigeria

Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has retrieved more than 700 voter cards from the non-Nigerians living in the country. Comptroller-General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede has disclosed the information at the 2018 NIS award presentation on December 8 in Nigeria's capital city Abuja.

According to him, the service is totally involved in the election process to ensure that no foreigner is able to vote in the upcoming 2019 general elections.

He has given a long statement at the 2018 NIS award presentation. Here he goes:

"This year, we have retrieved over 700 voter cards from non-Nigerians. We will be there during elections to ensure that non-Nigerians don't participate. We will make sure that they don't vote and they are not voted for. During the election, we will ensure the borders are secured so that nobody can enter the country during the days of election," Muhammad Babandede said.

"Immigration service has changed for the better. We have built the capacity of personnel and improved on structures and contributed to Nigeria's security and prosperity in many ways," Babandede said.

He further added that such areas included the Ease of Doing Business whereby the service had assisted businessmen to get visas as quickly as possible without hurdles.

"We have trained so many officers. There has never been a time Nigeria Immigration Service has gotten better structures than now. The approval of the technology building worth N7.1 billion by President Muhammadu Buhari will serve all law enforcement agencies where we will share such information online with partners. I thank President Buhari for approving the unique project for the NIS. That has never been done since inception in 1958," he opined.

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