The Nigeria Immigration Service became the first African service to launch the automation and integration of its system for the monitoring of stolen and lost travel documents with the Interpol Global System (IPSG) in Lyon, France.
This was announced by the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede on Monday as the system went live, making Nigeria the 54th country in the world to achieve this feat and the first in Africa.
The Immigration Service announced that it has uploaded 150,000 records of Stolen & Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) to the INTERPOL Global System (IPSG), with the support of the Interpol, United State National Central Bureau (USNCB), International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the National Central Bureau (NCB) of the Nigerian Police Force.
The CIG also announced that this would help Nigeria’s fight against identity fraud and urged Nigerians not to use falsified documents, invalidated or formerly declared lost or stolen documents to attempt crossing the borders to any of the 194 member Interpol countries.
The Immigration Service said Nigerians in recent times have been intercepted in some airports for using passports which have already been declared lost or stolen. The CIG urged Nigerians to ensure that they use their true identities while applying as the war against identity fraud has become global and highly automated.