By Stella Enenche, Abuja
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said it has successfully uploaded 150,000 Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (STLD) to the Interpol Global System (IPSG) in Lyon, France.
The action was carried out on Monday by the service’s Interpol i-24/7 desk.
The desk is a major interpol supporting arm manned by officers of the NIS at the Service Headquarter in Abuja.
According to a statement by the spokesperson of NIS, Sunday James, “this integration according to INTERPOL POLICE GLOBAL SYSTEM (IPSG) is the first in Africa and 54th in the World, by implication this feat has enabled Nigeria to upload all SLTD to IPSG-Lyon, France through a secure channel.
“This success was achieved with the immense support of the INTERPOL GLOBAL SYSTEM(IPSG),UNITED STATES NATIONAL CENTRAL BUREAU (USNCB) Washington,NATIONAL CENTRAL BUREAU (NCB) Abuja and the NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE (NIS) team.
“The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede MFR was updated in a brief on this development by the team in view of the report received of the success so far recorded and placement of Nigeria as the first(1st) in Africa and 54th in the world by the Interpol Global system Index confirming the successful integration and uploading of such quantity of Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) among member nations on the Interpol Global System (IPSG).
“The Nigerian SLTD detection and tracking system domiciled at the Nigeria Immigration Service, Headquarters has successfully yielded result and worth appreciating by Nigerians and the global Community in an effort put in place by the Service team 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 (SLTD),” he said .
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