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Nigeria, India Set For Partnership To Curb Fake Passports

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The Federal Government is ready to partner with the Indian Government on total eradication of fake Nigerian passports into India, according to Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola.

A statement issued by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations in the Nigeria Interior Ministry, Mr. Afonja Ajibola, in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), quotes Mr. Aregbesola as having spoken while receiving the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Gangadharan Balasubramanian, in Abuja.

Nigeria, according to the Minister, would ever remain grateful to the Government and people of India for her support to Nigeria during the country’s anti-colonial struggle that led to independence.

Aregbesola pledged Nigeria’s full cooperation with India through the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to stop the activities of unscrupulous persons and syndicates engaging in fraudulent procurement of fake official Nigerian travelling documents to enter India illegally.

He called for closer collaboration between both governments through provision of useful information and intelligence reports that would assist in unmasking those involved to get them arrested to face the full weight of the law.

On some arrested mariners caught on a ship, accused of alleged illegal activity, Aregbesola said that the Federal Government would prefer that the judicial process runs its course.

“Even though I will try my best to see if the issue could still be handled on humanitarian ground,” the Minister said.

He said that the Federal Govermment frowned at all illegalities and would not condone procurement of fake visas by individuals to gain false entry into another country.

Aregbesola, however, implored Balasubramanian for technical assistance through scholarships and professional courses/trainings as part of partnership co-operation.

Aregbesola posited that this would go a long way in enhancing the performance of Nigeria’s paramilitary agencies such as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), a civil protection corps that responds to emergencies.

He added that the NSCDC also plays a complementary role to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in maintaining law and order in the country.

In his remarks, the Indian High Commissioner, who commended the cordial relationship existing between both countries, promised to explore more areas of co-operation that would further strengthen the bilateral relationship between them.

Balasubramanian added that, already, seven agencies of government, including the NIS, were currently undergoing relevant courses in India as demonstration of partnership support to Nigeria.

The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, commended the High Commissioner for his visit.

Belgore reiterated the commitment of the Interior Ministry to achieving improved services and efficient services delivery through investment in capacity building for its members of staff and its agencies.

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