The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has arrested two Togolese, Ametchonwoun Alexandre Adodo and Awoudya Yao Francis, who attempted to obtain Nigerian international Passport.
The NIS Comptroller, Osun State Command, Mr Idowu Adebowale, said the suspects used fake local government identification from Badagry in Lagos State, but were caught when they visited the immigration Command in Osogbo for capturing.
Speaking with journalists, Adebowale said one Saidi Ajibola, who was facilitating the process of getting the passport for the Togolese and who had assisted them to procure the falsified local government identification letters, was also arrested.
“The suspects confirmed they came to Nigeria without documents and that they were introduced to Ajibola to get international passport for them to move to Kenya to seek job.
“Ametchonwoun Alexandre Adodo and Awoudya Yao Francis applied for the Nigerian passport as Adebayo Alexandre and Adebayo Francis,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ajibola denied the allegation, saying he was not aware that the applicants were Togolese and that he got the local government identification for them just to assist them on his assumption that they were Nigerians.
The NIS Comptroller said the Immigration Act forbids non-Nigerian from obtaining the Nigerian Passport, saying whoever aids the procurement of Nigerian passport for non-Nigerian also commits an offence punishable under the law of the land.
Adebowale said the suspects would soon be arraigned and be prosecuted accordingly.
From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo