Travellers with PVC’s on legitimate trip to Lagos not Ekiti – NIS.
The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has debunked reports that travellers intercepted in Kogi State with valid voter’s card on Wednesday were foreigners who were on their way to Ekiti State to participate in the July 14 Governorship election.
Sunday James, NIS image maker, in a statement in Abuja said the travellers were actually Nigerians who were travelling to Lagos State for their businesses.
His words, “The Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede’s attention is drawn to a sensational report by some online media that about 200 foreigners were intercepted by our officers in Kogi State on their way to Ekiti State.
“This is untrue as the Comptroller of Immigration, Kogi State Command, in whose jurisdiction the travellers were intercepted, confirmed with records that they were all Nigerians and no single Nigerien was found among the people apprehended”.
He said that the command intercepted the travellers in the course if its routine assignment, adding that they were profiled to ascertain their true nationality.
The Public Relations Officer further siad, “Contrary to the report going round, they are all Nigerian citizens travelling to Lagos for their legitimate businesses”.
The breakdown of the 167 of those intercepted shows that 79 of them were from Kano, 26 from Jigawa while 18 were from Zamfara State. 21 came from Borno, 20 from Katsina, 2 from Bauchi and only one from Benue State.
No mention of the PVC’s in their possession as they are said to be in transit from the NIS spokesperson.