NIS uploads 15,000 stolen, lost passports to INTERPOL database

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The Nigeria Immigration Service INTERPOL i-24/7 desk on Monday uploaded about 15,000 stolen and lost travel documents to the INTERPOL Global System in Lyon, France.

The NIS spokesman, DCI Sunday James, in a statement on Tuesday, said the development would help prevent identity theft, frauds and other organised crimes.

According to the statement titled, ‘Integration of NIS stolen/lost travel document to INTERPOL IPSG STLD database,’ 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.

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It further noted that the STLD upload to the IPSG by NIS was the first in Africa and 54th in the world.

The statement read, “The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, was updated on this development by the team.

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“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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