Nigeria and Spain are working toward signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Illegal Immigration and Trafficking in Human Beings,’’ the Spanish Embassy in Nigeria said in a statement.

The statement, issued in Abuja on Friday, said Amb. Alfonso Barnuevo disclosed this at a Document Forgery Course held at the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) headquarters in Abuja.

The statement said that the course was organised by the Spanish Ministry of Interior for NIS staff.

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It noted that “Amb. Barnuevo acknowledged Nigeria’s efforts and serious determination to protect its borders and crackdown on human trafficking organised groups.

“Barnuevo announced the intention of NIS, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and the Spanish Police to sign an MoU on Illegal Immigration and Traffic in Human Beings.’’

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The statement quoted Barnuevo as saying that the course was a sign of determination by Nigeria and Spain to jointly fight document fraud and human trafficking.

“The course means a step forward in the cooperation between Nigeria and Spain and is a sign of joint efforts to fight document fraud and more broadly, human trafficking.’’

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It said the new edition of the course on document forgery was organised by the Attaché of the Ministry of Interior of Spain, Mr Alberto Alonso.

The statement added that the closing ceremony was chaired by the Comptroller General of Immigration, Mr David Parradang.

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