By NBF News

Controversy has surrounded alleged presence of some nationals from Niger, Cameroun, and Chad Republic in Gombi local government, Adamawa State on grounds that they do not possess documents authenticating their permit stay in Nigeria.

The allegation was sequel to the alert raised by Action Congress of Nigeria ( ACN) , gubernatorial candidate that one of his opponents had recruited some foreigners to register in the last voter's registration to enhance his chances of wining in the April general elections in Adamawa State.

However, when newsmen contacted, the Secretary of Gombi Local Government Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed, and the District Head of Guyaku, Alhaji Shuiabu Barde, said the persons in question were Nigerians from the North western part of the country.

While the secretary said that the people came in two trailer loads, the district head alleged that the persons were 15 headed by the head of the family and not foreigners as alleged by campaign organization of the governorship candidate of the political party.

According to the district head, the man and his 14 member family were in Guyaku, Gombi Local Government Area to make use of the availability of a federal and state governments gazetted portions for grazing of their animals with proper documentation from Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area. The district head maintained that the 15 member family came to the state for grazing and fattening of animals, and therefore faulted the insinuation that the people were foreign nationals who came into Nigeria via Gombi in seven trailer loads.

Barde, who showed journalists a copy of letter from Bela Development Area of Kebbi State, requesting his district and local government council to authorize the use of the grazing portions and dams, indicated that the said people were peace loving as shown in the letter signed by the secretary of the area, one Yusuf F. Bema.

He alleged that some politicians had used the presence of the 15 member family to score political points by describing them as foreigners, while they were Nigerians.

However, a number of people shown to the newsmen, interviewed by the campaign organisation of ACN gubernatorial candidate, indicated that they came into Gombi from Sokoto and Kebbi States and came in two trailer loads while more were still expected into the state.