Police parade visa racketeers
THE Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police yesterday paraded four suspects arrested in connection with visa racketeering. Addressing newsmen in Lagos, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ngozi Isintume-Agu, explained that the suspects were arrested following a petition from the Regional Security Office of the United State Consulate General, Lagos, to the Commissioner of Police SFU. She said: “The suspects were arrested when Adeyalo Damilola, Olanrewaju Ajasa, Mobolaji Adisa showed up for a US performer visa interview at the US consulate, Lagos in order to accompany one Bishop to a Grammy award in United State slated for January 26.”She said Destiny Onifade, one of the suspects had created a company profile, which he called Black Heritage Entertainment, but without a fixed address to assist the other suspects procure their visa. The PPRO noted that the other suspects alleged that they gave the sum of N630, 000 to the mastermind of the crime, Onifade, who promised to facilitate their travel overseas as performers. According to her, internal investigation by the US consulate showed that 52 cases of similar fraud nature were linked to the company, the Black Heritage Entertainment. She added that no fewer than 26 visas were issued and 13 applicants had adjusted status shortly after they arrived at their destinations in connection with the unregistered company.