A petroleum marketer, his wife (pictured above with another suspect), and four others were paraded by the Police Special Fraud Unit, SFU, in Lagos, yesterday, over alleged visa fraud at the Italian Embassy.
Mrs. Ngozi Isintume-Agu, spokesperson of the unit, who paraded the suspects, said they were arrested after receiving a petition from the Italian Consulate-General, alleging visa fraud by the couple.
Isintume-Agu said the couple, Ayinmola Alabi and his wife, Toyin, appeared at the embassy for a Visitor’s Visa, along with two young ladies, ages 19 and 21, who they claimed were their daughters, bearing Yoruba names.
She said the couple allegedly changed the ladies names from Edo to Yoruba, with a view to deceiving the embassy officials.
The spokesperson said one of the six suspects paraded, who allegedly specialises in visa fraud, reportedly facilitated the connection between the couple and the ladies.
“The petition also alleged that page five of the International Passports of the two ‘fake’ daughters seemed to have been tampered with as well as that of their mother.
“The petitioner further stated that the daughters’ passports contained suspicious entry/exit stamps of the Ghana Immigration Service.
“The GT Bank and First Bank Statements of Accounts submitted by the suspects were seen to have been altered and forged.”
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