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Now that Interpol has granted us access to its database, wanted criminals can no longer enter Nigeria —NIS

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Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has revealed that the agency has been granted access to the database of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol)

He therefore said criminals would no longer have easy access to the country as NIS now has access to information on interpol database that will enable it track and prevent wanted criminals from entering or doing business in Nigeria.

Babandede said this at the August edition of Lunch Time Reform Seminar organised by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) on Thursday in Abuja.

The comptroller general also spoke on activities of cyber criminals and advised Nigerians to desist from patronising fake recruitment sites for jobs.

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“This notice became necessary due to the increasing activities of fraudsters that have remained unrepentant,” he said.

“After several arrests and arraignment they continue to open fake recruitment sites through which they defraud unsuspecting citizens of their money.”

Ibrahim Arabi, Director General, BPSR, noted that NIS had implemented most of the recommendations by BPSR which had translated into improvement in quality of service delivered by the organisation.

Arabi said the essence of the seminar was to share experiences, expose participants to internationally accepted best practices and equip each other to be better placed in driving reforms in various Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

The director general said it was now more obvious that traditional government structures and systems were no longer suitable to meet the demands, desires and challenges of complex global economies.

“Hence there is need to leverage on ICT to plan and execute government policies, programmes and projects,” he said.

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