The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS has advised citizens to abstain from using fake, altered, invalidated, withdrawn, stolen and lost travel documents.

NIS Comptroller General, Muhammad Babandede who gave the warning in Abuja, said such documents had been automatically made available to 194 member countries of INTERPOL.

He added that NIS INTERPOL i-24/7 desk had successfully uploaded 150,000 Stolen and Lost Travel Documents, STLD to INTERPOL Global System, IPSG in Lyon, France seamlessly.

The Immigration Boss said it is an effort put in place by the service team to rid the world of attempts and deliberate acts leading to identity theft, frauds and other organised crimes perpetrated globally, using SLTD.

Babandede warned holders of Nigerian Passports not to use such re-issued passport anywhere in the world as failure would lead to arrest and prosecution.  He also emphasised that the new development would go a long way in curbing identity theft and use of stolen and lost travel documents by criminal elements.

The Comptroller quoted the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbeshola as saying the defender should not be defenseless.

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