ICPC Confiscates 372 International Passports


The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission has in its possession 372 international passports confiscated from several persons and agents.

The recovery is part of an ongoing clampdown on corruption-prone processes in the acquisition of visas.

A statement by the Resident Consultant, Mr. Folu Olamiti, said the Commission had directed owners of the recovered passports to appear at its headquarters in Abuja between 19th and 28th of February from 10am to 3pm each day excluding weekends.

“The affected persons are to come along with proof of ownership and the travel documents supporting their visa applications to respective embassies to collect their passports”, it said.

ICPC operatives had in October 2013, arrested 18 suspects in Abuja and Lagos. Three of them were allegedly involved in the production of fake documents to satisfy visa requirements, while one was in possession of suspicious travel documents.

The rest were either arrested with forged documents or for allegedly colluding with someone in India to procure a fake invitation letter from an Indian Hospital.

“Culpable ones have since been arraigned in courts.

“ICPC had initiated several arrests after receiving an ever increasing number of petitions from prospective students seeking educational placement and patients seeking medical attention abroad who were duped by some agents”, it said.


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