An officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) attached to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos Command, is said to have retrieved $5,000, and other foreign currencies, credit cards and an Identification Number (ID) card of yet to be identified foreign passenger.

The officer identified as Chief Immigration Assistant (CIA) Omodayo Odewenwa retrieved these lost items at the Visa on Arrival (VoA) point of the command at the E-Wing Arrival section of the terminal last Sunday.

It was gathered that the items were discovered in a folder wallet on the ground around the VoA hall of the terminal.

A close with the NIS confided in NigerianFLIGHTDECK said the officer was recently redeployed to the Lagos International Airport from the Ikoyi Passport office.

The source  told our correspondent that the command has written an email to the supposed owner,and assured that the items will be safely kept in the command till the owner responds and comes to collect.

The source said: “One of our officers last Sunday at the VoA E-Arrival Wing of the terminal, retrieved a folder containing several foreign currencies, credit cards, ID card and other valuable items supposedly belonging to a foreigner. Immediately he retrieved these items, he informed his superior at the terminal who immediately took action.

“So far, we have escalated the issue by sending an email to the supposed owner to come for his property, but we are yet to receive a response. But, we are hopeful that he will respond at the appropriate time. There was no phone number on the document. So, it is difficult for us to get across to him. However, I can assure you that the items are in safe hands.”

 NIS Comptroller of the MMIA Command, Mrs. Adeola Adesokan who confirmed the development commended the honest act of the officer; emphasising that officers of the Command have been constantly ingrained with operational and attitudinal reforms in recent time, assuring that the command would continue to perform its enshrined duties with utmost professionalism and dignity of purpose.

The comptroller enjoined the travelling public to always have confidence in interacting with the Immigration officers, saying “we are here to serve you.”


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