Operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service attached to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, apprehended two girls with fake travelling passports who were about to board a Cairo-Egypt Airline Flight at Mutala Muhammed International Airport on 21st of January 2021.
It was gathered that they were detected when the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) used for scanning their passport refused clearing the tampered passports due to an imposed fake identity of the true holder.
Immediately, they were duly subjected to interrogation when caught against their claim of traveling for business as the journey was an arranged one by a suspect identified simply as “Muri” who they claimed to be their agent.
The agent called Muri was alleged to be behind the processing of the tampered passports with a man’s picture on the chip when read by the MIDAS scanner, an offense punishable by the Immigration Act 2015 on Passport related offences relating to Aiding, identity theft and tampering with the passport.
Muri’s number was said to have been called severally without any response.
The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede, according to DCI James Sunday PCC, Service Public Relations Officer, has directed that a thorough investigation be carried out to expose the syndicates behind this act, and the two passports withdrawn as evidence and kept in custody until the agent “Muri” is located.
According to Sunday, the two girls named Adebayo Kolapo Kazeem and Babalola Kehinde are witnesses for the prosecution of the agent, whenever he is found.
“ Therefore, CGI Babandede warned prospective applicants for the Nigerian passport from allowing criminal elements to take undue advantage of their desperation to perpetrate crimes such as these, that is punishable by imprisonment and or fine in an attempt to procure passport for traveling out of country.
“The two girls are presently helping the Nigeria Immigration Service with useful informations that will help in the arrest of the agent “Muri” for prosecution of the case”, DCI Sunday stated.