Monday, 12 December 2016

Fake Embassy Found In Lagos, TwoChinese Arrested

The Lagos State Police Command says it
has discovered a fake embassy operating in
Lagos where many innocent members of
the public had allegedly been defrauded.
It was gathered that policemen attached to
the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) had
swooped on the ‘embassy’ and arrested
two Chinese and two Nigerians.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the fake embassy
was located at Golden Point and Suite on
Duduyemi Street in Ejigbo, Lagos.
The RRS said the Chinese – Liu Honyang,
47; and Sun Xinai, 49 – and their Nigerian
collaborators – Oriyomi Olawale, 47 and
Desmond Chinedu, 25 – had been swindling
Nigerians who had planned to travel out of
the country.
It was learnt that the suspects issued
mainly Trinidad and Tobago’s visas.
The RRS said the Trinidad and Tobago
embassy in the country had confirmed the
visas to be fakes, while disowning the two
Chinese.

A RRS source told our correspondent that
the Lagos State Commissioner of Police,
Mr. Fatai Owoseni, directed the squad to
act on the intelligence reports received
from some victims of the ‘embassy.’
He said, “Some RRS policemen had lodged
in the hotel for nine days, watching and
monitoring the activities of the suspects
before their eventual arrest.”
Some people, who claimed to be victims of
the fraud, stormed the RRS headquarters
on Sunday to write their statements against
the suspects.
One of the victims, Adekunle Adefuye, said
he met them through one of their agents,
one Dorcas Slyver.
He said, “She is a daughter to my brother’s
pastor in Abeokuta, Ogun State. I told her
about my intention and zeal to travel to the
United States. She told me to come to Lagos
that she could procure the American visa
for me.
“On getting to Lagos, she took me to the
Chinese and I was advised to travel to
Trinidad and Tobago. They said I would
secure employment with at least $3,000
salary.
“I paid a total sum of N1.3m in installment
for the process, including visa processing
and flight fare.”
He said he was arrested immediately he got
to Trinidad and Tobago on October 19,
2016, by the country’s immigration officers
for coming into the country with a fake
visa.
“I was arrested with another Nigerian. We
spent two days with the police. They
treated us like criminals trying to enter the
country illegally. We were deported on
October 22, 2016, and arrived in Nigeria
the following day,” he added.
Another victim, Rasheed Ololade, said he
paid N1.3m.
“I was fortunate to escape being jailed in
Trinidad and Tobago for coming into the
country with fake documents.
“They beat me up and starved me for two
days. I was lucky to have been deported,”
he added.
Another victim, Friday Owah, said he just
paid N600,000 before the arrest.
He said, “I was introduced to them by one
man, Mr. Oscar. They promised to secure
the visa for me within two weeks.”
Another victim, Lukmon Odeyemi, who
claimed to be a footballer, said he parted
with N125,000.
But Sun Xinai, the main suspect, said she
was unaware that a stamped visa for
Trinidad and Tobago was no longer
tenable in the country.
However, a response to a letter written by
the RRS to the High Commission of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, dated
December 7, 2016, read in part, “…the
mission can categorically confirm that the
individual Sun Xinai, who is claiming to be
an agent of this mission, is unknown to us.
“Furthermore, this mission does not use the
services of an agent in any capacity
whatsoever and has never done so in the
past either.
“With regard to the authenticity of the
attached visas, the mission can also
categorically confirm that those visas were
not issued at this High Commission and are
clearly fraudulent.”
The letter was signed by one Garth Lamsee,
the acting High Commissioner.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP
Dolapo Badmos, said the police had
launched a manhunt for other agents of
the fake embassy.
“Members of the public should be wary of
visa agents. Anyone who wishes to travel
out of the country should direct their
applications to the embassies,” she added.
She said the suspects had been transferred
to the State Criminal Investigation and
Intelligence Department, Yaba,for further
investigation.

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