The Cross River State Comptroller of Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Mr. Uche Felix has put the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on alert over its recent discovery of some Cameroon refugees in the state in possession of Nigeria voters’ card.
Mr. Felix Uche, disclosed this when he led his team on a courtesy visit to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Frankland Briyai, at the state office of INEC in Calabar.
According to him, several Cameroonian refugees have been discovered to possess voters’ cards, even when they don’t hold dual citizenship that would have qualified them to have the cards.
Recall that hundreds of Cameroonian refugees have entered the state within the last one year, following the crisis in the southern part of Cameroon.
“The problem we have in Cross River is that the contiguous nature of the border has made it more tasking carrying out our jobs. There is the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration and my men in the field have accosted and found some refugees in possession of the voters’ cards.
“We know that your task at this time is huge, we need to put heads together to stop these refugees who are being registered as voters. If you dig deep, you may discover that someone is prompting them to go and register because elections are around the corner,” Mr. Uche said.
Responding to the NIS team, the REC said he had earlier met with relevant security agencies to ensure that the influx of Cameroonian refugees does not pose threat to the ongoing CVR.
Briyai, however, noted that the ongoing voter registration was only meant for Nigerians, adding that more strategies would be put in place to check intruders.