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The Mozambican Attorney-General’s Office (PGR) on Wednesday ordered the detention of the former spokesperson of the National Immigration Service (SENAMI), Superintendent Cira Fernandes.
According to a report in Thursday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”, Fernandes faces charges of falsification of documents and issuing false visas.
Several others have been detained, including a SENAMI inspector, Odete Cubai, and an electronic engineer, Aldo Constantino da Costa.
All are accused of attributing false visas to 17 Nigerians. The investigations show that the Nigerians entered Mozambique, but there is no record of them ever leaving.
Last August, the Chinese authorities alerted the PGR to the detention in China of 42 Nigerians bearing Mozambican passports. This sparked off a criminal investigation, which ascertained that the 42 people in question are not Mozambican citizens.
The 42 Nigerians do not seem to include the 17 mentioned in the detention of Cira Fernandes. The 42 never set foot in Mozambique, but their photographs appear on Mozambican passports. This fraud must have involved the complicity of some staff at the company issuing identification and travel documents.Source: AIM