By Ajibola Abayomi,
With a scientific tracking system Nigeria has finally recorded a major boost through the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) by becoming the first Africa nation to upload stolen and lost travel documents (STLD) to INTERPOL Global System (IPSG).
The development was achieved by the NIS INTERPOL i-24/7 desk an INTERPOL system unit at the Service Headquarters, Abuja as 150,000 stolen and lost travel documents (STLD) were uploaded and transferred to the INTERPOL Global System (IPSG) in Lyon, France seamlessly on Monday September 7, 2020.
This was contained in a statement issued by the National Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Deputy Comptroller James Sunday.
The 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 secured channel.
James said the feat achieved with the immense support of the INTERPOL IPSG , United States National Central Bureau (USNCB) Washington, National Central Bureau (NCB) Abuja and the NIS team.
According to the statement, the Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede MFR had been updated by the team regarding the placement of Nigeria as the first in Africa and 54th in the world by the Interpol Global system Index.
Thus, this confirms the successful integration and uploading of such quantity of SLTD among member nations on the 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 attempts and deliberate acts leading to identity theft, frauds and other organised crimes perpetrated globally using SLTD.