Nigeria is the first and so far, only African country to have fully automated and integrated its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database (SLTD) with the Interpol Global System Database, IPSG by uploading about 150,000 Stolen and Lost Documents to the IPSG based in Lyon, France . This, according to the announcement of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS Wednesday 9th September 2020, was achieved by Monday 7th of September 2020. By virtue of this accomplishment, the problems of identity theft and fraudulent travel history accounts will be drastically reduced.
There has been a high incidence of fraudulent identities by international travelers from Nigeria who make use of falsified, altered, invalidated, or lost/stolen identities to secure travel documents. This has contributed to damage suffered by the image of the country in the international community, especially among the Interpol-operated countries of the world.
The Immigration Service stated, “Nigeria Immigration Service has successfully achieved the automation and integration of its records of Stolen & Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) to the INTERPOL Platform. We’ve successfully uploaded 150,000 records of Stolen & Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) to the INTERPOL Global System (IPSG), based in Lyon France on Monday, 7th September 2020.
“This makes Nigeria the first (1st) country in Africa and the 54th in the World to have achieved such a feat.
“Speaking on the development, the Comptroller General of Immigration, CGI Muhammad Babandede (MFR) appreciated the enormous support from critical agencies such as IOM, National Central Bureau (NCB) of the Nigeria Police, INTERPOL, US National Central Bureau (USNCB) among others.
“He noted that the feat is part of the renewed war against identity fraud and advised Nigerians and international travellers to desist from using falsified, altered, invalidated and/or formerly declared Lost/Stolen Travel Documents to attempt crossing the borders of any of the 194 member countries of INTERPOL. Such records/documents he said, are now available on the global radar.
“He enjoined travellers and indeed International Passport applicants to ensure that they use their true identities while applying as the war against identity fraud has become global and highly automated.”
The Ministry of Interior, while breaking the news, wrote:
“Another Milestone Achieved!
“The Nigeria Immigration Service recorded an unprecedented breakthrough by the automation and integration of its system for monitoring of Stolen & Lost Travel Documents with Interpol Global System in Lyon, France.
“The automation of the Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database (SLTD) was completed on Monday 7/9/2020 with the successful uploading of 150,000 SLTD records to the INTERPOL database in Lyon, France.
“By this development, Nigerians are advised to desist from using fake, altered, invalidated, withdrawn, stolen and lost travel documents, since the documents are automatically made available to 194 member countries of INTERPOL.
“The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede therefore warned holders of Nigerian Passports not to use such re-issued Passport anywhere in the world as failure will lead to arrest and prosecution.
“This makes Nigeria the first and only African country to have FULLY automated its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database (SLTD) with the IPDG Database.”