Officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS) Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, have nabbed two girls with interfered passports.
The suspects, identified as Adebayo Kazeem and Babalola Kehinde, were about to board a Cairo-bound Egypt Airline flight on Thursday, but the Migration Information and Data Analysis System failed to scan their passports due to an imposed fake identity of the true holder.
A statement by DCI Sunday James, the Nigeria Immigration Service, spokesman, said, “They were properly subjected to questioning when caught against their claim of traveling for business as the journey was arranged by a suspect, Muri, whose number was called many times without response.”
“Muri was alleged to be behind the handling of the altered 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 offenses relating to aiding, identity theft and altering with a passport.”
The statement titled, ‘NIS operatives arrest two girls with tampered passports,’ further said the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, had ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.
The Comptroller General was also said to have directed that the two passports be withdrawn as evidence and kept in custody until Muri was arrested.
The service said the two suspects Kazeem and Babalola would be the hearing witnesses during the trial of Muri, whenever he is found.