Nigeria has fully automated its Stolen/Lost Travel Document Database, (SLTD) to Rank 1st in Africa and 54th in the world according to INTERPOL POLICE GLOBAL SYSTEM (IPSG) latest ranking. This is contained in information released by the Ministry of Interior.
The document titled: “Go-Live automated integration of NIS stolen/lost travel document (SLTD) to Interpol database makes Nigeria first leading country in Africa.”
It further states that the Nigeria Immigration Service recorded an unpreceded breakthrough by the automation and integration of its system for the monitoring of Stolen and Lost Travel Documents with INTERPOL Global System (IPSG) in Lyon, France and successfully completed the automation and integration of the tool on Monday 7th of September, 2020.
Nigeria was able to climb to the top of the log with its over one hundred and fifty thousand (150,000) uploaded SLTD records with INTERPOL database. Besides this milestone feat is also the fact that Nigeria today is the leading first and only Africa country to have fully automated its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.
The success of which was said to have been achieved with immense support of the INTERPOL GLOBAL SYSTEM (IPSG), UNITED STATES NATIONAL CENTRAL BUREA (USNCB) Washington, International Organization of Migration (IOM) and NATIONAL CENTRAL BUREAU (NCB) of the Nigeria Police Force, Abuja.
Muhammad Babandede, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, while appreciating the support of the agencies mentioned above that made the automation and integration successful, said that it will go a long way in curbing identity theft and use of Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) by criminal elements seeking to hide their identities to cross national borders and engaged in illicit activities worldwide.
Muhammad Babandede, MFR, further warned fellow Nigerians to desist from using fake, altered, invalidated, withdrawn, stolen, and lost travel documents since the documents are automatically made available to 194 countries of INTERPOL.
It is being stated that in recent times, Nigerians have been intercepted in some airports around the world for using Passports which they earlier reported lost or stolen.
To this effect, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service therefore warns holders of Nigerians Passports not to use such re-issued Passport anywhere in the world as failure will lead to arrest and prosecution.