40 Nigerians arrested over Italian visa racketeering

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BY IFEANYI OKOLIE

LAGOS — The Special Fraud Unit, SFU, of the police in Lagos, yesterday, said it had arrested 40 Nigerians who allegedly attempted to secure Italian visa using fake documents.
The documents ranged from forged statement of accounts, fake travelling documents and many others.

The Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin,  said the arrest of the suspects was made possible by a written request received from the Consulate General of Italy in Lagos to carry out  investigations on the 40 suspects who submitted fake and forged documents to Italian Embassy in a bid to travel out of the country.
According to him, “it has now become rampant for unscrupulous Nigerians to desire travelling out of the country through dubious means.

“In the course of their attempt to manipulate records and information, many reputable organisations, financial institutions and government parastatals’ records are falsified and tampered with.”
Ogunsakin also said the network of crooks that specialised in travel document racketeering had been shattered and will soon face the courts.

 

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