How we’ve been fighting visa scams — ICPC boss

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In Nigeria
May 2nd, 2014
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The Independent Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), in collaboration with foreign embassies in Nigeria has helped to reduce the incidence of visa scams through sustained arrests and issuance of advisories.

The ICPC Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta, made this known on Wednesday when the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. A.R. Ghanashyam, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

Mr. Nta stated that the ICPC had in the last one year arrested 32 persons for Visa related offences pertaining to the Indian High Commission. Thirteen of them have been charged to court in Abuja  and  Lagos.

He further explained that the ICPC commenced investigations of visa scam two years ago, following an invitation from the United States Embassy. The successful investigations generated similar invitations from other embassies.

Mr Nta said the ICPC was also collaborating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and banks on the issue, adding that some civil servants found to have been involved in the visa scams had been charged to court.

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