18 July 2013

Liberia: Modern Fraud Detection Unit to Be Constructed At RIA

The Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) in partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS-Spanish) Fund on Migration and Development has completed all arrangements for the construction of a modern Fraud Detection Unit at the Roberts International Airport (RIA).

The RIA is located in Margibi County.

According to the Press and Public Affairs Director of BIN, Mr. Abraham Dolley, the construction of the modern Fraud Detection Unit at the RIA is part of the measures to institutionalize reforms at BIN, and a means of responding to the Government of Liberia (GOL) non-tolerance position on human trafficking, as well as to curtail the compound complex issue of cross-border crimes.

He made the disclosure recently when he spoke in a chat with this paper. Quoting his boss, Cllr. AblaGadegbeku Williams, he said the Government of Liberia (GOL) through the BIN has paid its 10% (23,000.00 euro) requirement fees available to kick-off the project which will cost some 232,370 Euro to undertake.

"This process was a requirement in the agreement with the ECOWAS-Spanish Fund on Migration and Development. Cllr. Williams stressed further that the move to establish such fraud unit at the RIA is a major step in the Bureau's long time effort to enhance border security and improve safety of travelers, which will also serve as a boost to the RIA image in meeting Modern Airport standards," Mr. Dolley further quoted his boss as saying.

He further disclosed that the project will include the erection of the fraud detection unit, the procurement of hi-tech equips, and the installation of state-of-the art fraud detection tools and the training of officers.

Additionally, he said the Fraud Detection Unit will work to determine the legitimacy and integrity of travel document/visa at the airport, conduct primary and secondary verification of travel documents/visa, investigate document fraud offences, handle returnee i.e. deportee, victim of human trafficking, refugees, and to liaise with international Airline Liaison officers accredited to Liberia for the purpose of profiling alleged passengers with criminal backgrounds and intent.

When completed, the BIN official noted that the Fraud Detection Unit will work in partnership with the West Africa Document Fraud experts in information gathering and sharing to enhance border protection.

"The Unit will be mandated to investigate, deny entry, detain and document/visa fraud offences or turn over to the Justice Ministry for prosecution; this is going to be the first of its kind in the historicity of Liberia." Mr. Dolley among other things added.

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