Efforts aimed at checkmating the activities of elements especially those specializing in identity theft and impersonation by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) received a boost as the Service through its INTERPOL i-24/7 desk uploaded about 15,000 stolen and lost travel documents to the INTERPOL Global System in Lyon, France. The NIS said that the development would help prevent identity theft, frauds and other organised crimes.

Muhammad Babandede

The Immigration Service in a statement titled, ‘Integration of NIS stolen/lost travel document to INTERPOL IPSG STLD database,’ said that the feat was achieved with the support of the INTERPOL Global System, Lyon, France; United States National Central Bureau, Washington; NCB, Abuja and the NIS team. It further noted that the STLD upload to the IPSG by NIS was the first in Africa and 54th in the world. The statement further noted that The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, was updated on this development by the team.

“The Nigerian SLTD detection and tracking system domiciled at the Nigeria Immigration Service, headquarters, is an effort put in place by the service to rid the world of attempts and deliberate acts leading to identity theft, frauds and other organised crimes perpetrated globally using stolen and lost travel documents.”

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