Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS) Bayelsa State Command said that it would hold stakeholders meeting with leaders of Nigerien, Beninese, Togolese, Ghanaian and Malian Communities in Yenagoa
The Comptroller General of Immigration Service Isah Jere Idris in a meeting with the Comptroller’s of the NIS State Commands and special formations at the Service Headquarters, Abuja gave marching orders for the up-scaling of surveillance and spot checks on non-Nigerians in preparation for the 2023 election.
The directive which includes non-Nigerians are not to vote neither are they to be voted for, they are not to be found in possession of voter’s card or other election related materials to safe guard the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.
In view of the above directive, the Bayelsa State Command has embarked on re-education and sensitisation of non-Nigerians residing in Bayelsa in line with the directive,
The Command added that apart from the up scaled proactive surveillance, spot checks and apprehension of already identified irregular migrants in the state at identified flash points and locations where they are being harboured as security guards, cobblers, tailors, peddlers of water in trolleys and Tricycle riders also known as Keke riders in Yenagoa and its environs.
The Command said that as part of efforts to maximise the impact of the Comptroller General’s directive to deliver on the service mandate, as the lead agency in Border Management and Control in Nigeria,
all the Divisional Immigration Officers (DIOs) have being further directed to engage in surveillance and intelligence gathering and to report back to the Command Comptroller with credible intelligence on the activities of non-Nigerians in the eight Local Councils of Bayelsa.
The Command said that strategies to be adopted will be unveiled in its operations on continuous basis from now on as the country move towards to 2023 elections and beyond.