Police arrest 12 for alleged visa fraud
The Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) has arrested 12 Nigerians at the United States of America (USA) Embassy for their alleged involvement in visa fraud.
The suspects are: Oloni Olufemi Olawale, Olugbenga Akinlade, Motunrayo Adeniyi, Samuel Ojo, Ogundipe Temidayo Emmanuel, Babatunde Oluropo Abiola, Babatunde Alexandra Adenike, Oyewole Emmanuel Tunde, Abelese Eunice Olayinka, Christiana Oweyu Omagu, Donald Omagu and Idrisu Tella Martins.
PSFU spokesperson, Ngozi Isintume-Agu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said they were arrested between July 9 and 17.
She said a petition from the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos alleged that a person, simply identified as Esther, with December 31, 1988 as date of birth, appeared at the embassy for Non-Immigrant Visa Interview with forged Canadian Visa, Turkish Visa, and Angola Visa, with entry and exit stamps, claiming to have visited the said countries.
Investigation revealed that the said visas were purportedly forged by her boyfriend, Olawale, to fraudulently obtain the U.S. visa after paying him N100,000 for all the fake visas.
The US embassy also alleged that Olugbenga with Passport No. A0573775 appeared before it for an immigrant visa interview with fake name, Awoleye Oluwamuyiwa Tope with January 1, 1982 as date of birth.
It was also gathered that Adewole Tanwa Fatimah ‘F’ whose real name is Adeniyi Motunrayo appeared at the U.S. Embassy with Adewole Adeyemi Oluwaseun for a diversity visa interview.
Isintume-Agu said: “Also, one Omoyemi Bamikole Olaiya, born on January 22, 1984, whose real name is Samuel Ojo, appeared for a diversity visa lottery. He knowingly and fraudulently appeared at the embassy to steal the identity of the real winner. The U.S. Consulate alleged that Ibenne Emmanuel Nkem on July 15, came for U.S. Immigrant Visa with Nigerian e-passport No. A05593775. The suspect’s real name is Ogundipe Temidayo Emmanuel. The suspect’s intention was to defraud the real winner of the DV Lottery.
“Babatunde Oluropo Abiola and Babatunde Alexandra Adenike presented forged bio-data, wedding pictures, marriage certificate and fake result to the embassy. Their real names are Oguntimehin Olanike and Aderoju Olayinka Eunice.
Also one Aderoju Adebayo Qasim and Aderoju Olayinka Eunice presented forged bio-data and fake document to the embassy for immigrant visa. Their real names are Oyewole Emmanuel Tunde and Abelese Eunice Olayinka. Both suspects fraudulently appeared at the embassy to steal the identity of the real winner of the Diversity Visa Lottery.
She said all the suspects will be charged to court to serve as a deterrent to others after conclusion of investigations.
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