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Alleged couple with stolen, fake passports nabbed by NIS MMIA Command


Two passengers who claimed to a couple with fake and stolen passports are now in the net of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos Command.

They were arrested during an immigration clearance made possible through the stringent measures put in place by the command.

A statement by the spokeswoman of the command, Mrs. Louisa Amadiokoro, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) says, the alleged couple, Melekwe Gift and Melekwe Peace who were on their way to India were arrested aboard Qatar Airways flight on June 23, 2022.

“Further investigation revealed that they were not a couple, but strangers that only met a day before their planned trip.”

The statement also quotes the Assistant Comptroller-General, MMA Command, Kemi Nandap, as saying that the command had improved its surveillance and security measures in line with Mr. Isah Jere Idris, the Acting Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS.

According to her, Melekwe Gift was in possession of a stolen passport that was watch-listed on the July 29, 2011, while Melekwe Peace was in possession of a fake passport revealed by the command’s forensic investigation.

However, the duo claimed to have obtained the passports through an agent named Yusuf.

“Upon investigation, it was uncovered that the couple was travelling to seek greener pastures, which contradicted their earlier claim that Melekwe Gift was traveling for medical treatment- claiming she was suffering from leukemia, whereas she was perfectly healthy.

Nandap explained further that Gift’s real names is Endurance Ofem Ikpi from Ugep, Cross Rivers state and was never married to Melekwe Peace, but was instructed by the agent to claim so.

Gift in her confessional statement, allegedly claimed that her old friend, Tina who now resides in India introduced her to the idea of traveling with the promise that she would get her a job in India.

Nandap explained that the suspects were obviously traveling abroad in search of greener pastures and were also suspected victims of human trafficking.

The suspects after interrogation were handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for further necessary action.


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