Police arrest 400 suspected fraudulent visa applicants

The Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) on Monday said it had arrested 400 visa applicants with fake documents at British High Commission, America, Italian and the French Embassies between January and March this year.

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The unit’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Lawal Audu, disclosed this in an interview in Lagos.

Audu said that 50 of the applicants had been charged to court, while the remaining were being investigated.

He also made it clear that 20 of the applicants charged to court were arrested at the U.S Embassy, while 10 each at British High Commission, Italian and French Embassy.

He went further to add that any applicant found to have procured visa with fake documents would have his or her passport revoked.

Audu also said that such person would in addition be handed over to the appropriate authorities and would be sanctioned as is due.

He revealed that the unit was working with the Regional Security Officers (RSOs) of the American consulate to clamp down on applicants processing visa with fake documents.

This news from the Regional Security Officers follows the Canadian government discussion to curtail their immigration system as it relates to Nigeria and Nigerians.

Only few weeks ago, the United State embassy announced that they would be partnering with the Canadian government to contain the influx of Nigerians that show up in the Canadian borders from the US and declare asylum.

Officials from the US have been in Nigeria working closely with the their US partners to ensure the deportation of Nigerians that falsely declare asylum in the Canadian borders.

Also, only last year, the news of over 3 dozens of fake visa rackets in Nigeria had broken.

Racketeering has been a menace in Nigeria for a while now and this year the Nigerian authorities have partnered with foreign bodies to end the menace.

The Regional Security Officer advice that applicants should process their visas online.

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