Okorocha to issue identification cards to northerners in Imo

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The Senate Thursday condemned the plan by the Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha to issue identification cards to northerners residing in the state.

Okorocha had reportedly directed northern indigenes in the state to submit themselves for identification by the state government as a way of curtailing the influx of Boko Haram insurgents to the state. But the senators said the action is unconstitutional and contravenes the rights of Nigerians, warning the state government to reverse the policy.

The development was sequel to a motion sponsored by deputy Senate leader, Abdul Ningi, entitled ?The issuance of identification card to Northerners residing in Imo State ? Urgent call for policy reversal.? Senator Ningi argued that the policy contravenes the provisions of Section 41 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution which says, ?A citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereto or exit therefrom?.

The Senate consequently called on President Goodluck Jonathan to direct security agencies not to partner the state government in the implementation of the policy, and urged the Imo State government to rescind the policy immediately.

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